UFC President Dana White recently implied that a long-desired superfight between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will finally take place if St. Pierre is successful in his title unification bout against Carlos Condit at next weekend’s UFC 154 pay per view. The Silva-GSP fight is one that MMA fans have wanted for years as both champions have dominated their respective divisions, and there is no doubt that it would be the biggest UFC fight of all time.
One thing still stands in the way of the historic fight, however, and that is Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit. And he is no stranger to ruining potential UFC superfights.
For the better part of 2011, people hyped a potential welterweight title fight between St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. In fact, that fight was booked twice, postponed once due to Nick Diaz flaking out on press conferences and a second time due to the knee injury that has kept St. Pierre out of the octagon for a year and a half. Due to that injury, Condit and Diaz met in the main event of UFC 143 for an interim title, with the winner promised the unification bout against GSP. The hype leading up to the fight seemed more about how much GSP hated Diaz, giving the impression that Condit was merely a stepping stone on the way to the fight that everyone actually wanted to see.
That is not how things played out.
Notwithstanding complaints about Condit fighting conservatively, and Nick Diaz apparently being high as a kite during the fight, Condit cruised to a unanimous decision victory against Diaz. As a result, not only did Condit ruin the highly marketable clash between St. Pierre and Diaz before it had a chance to make Dana White and Co. millions of dollars but he also earned a spot in the unification bout himself.
Now Condit gets the chance to cost his employer a boat load of money for the second time in 2012 by winning the unified welterweight title and taking GSP-Silva off of the table. To St. Pierre’s credit, he is not looking past Condit, stating that he “doesn’t care about Anderson Silva” because Carlos Condit is “all that matters to [him]” right now.
With that being said, it is clear that most of the lead up to next week’s fight will consist of more questions about Silva considering White has already said that the middleweight champion will be in attendance at UFC 154. This will make the issue unavoidable for GSP and will definitely cause a distraction, whether he wants to acknowledge it or not. Condit, on the other hand, will likely be able to stay off the radar for the next week and a half, preparing for a fight in which he has a legitimate chance to win.
And if Condit is able to pull it off, he will have the odd distinction of being able to say that he cost his employer millions of dollars twice in a year by merely being great at what that employer pays him to do.