Welterweight Interim champion Carlos Condit spoke with ESPN’s Ben Fowlkes about the controversy surrounding his recent unanimous decision victory over former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
I don’t think I need the rematch. I won the fight; I think I’d win a rematch. But the thing about it is, I want to be in big fights, fights where there’s a lot of buzz, a lot of people wanting to see the fight, and a rematch with Nick Diaz fits the bill.”
“So I called (Dana) … We talked about the fight a little bit. He said he thought that I won, but at the same time a lot of people were calling for the rematch and it would be a huge fight. The day before I had told my manager that I’d be into a rematch, and I told Dana White the same thing. I said I’m down. Let’s just figure out the details and we’ll do it.”
Then on Tuesday night, White texted Condit again with an urgent message to call. “He tells me that Diaz failed his test.”
“I don’t care (about marijuana use). The thing about it is, it’s something they test for. It’s against the Nevada Athletic Commission. I don’t really consider it to be a performance-enhancing drug, but the fact is, they’re testing for it. And you know they’re testing for it. Whatever you do in between camps, if you know they’re testing for this stuff then you’ve got to figure something out. In the past, he’s said, ‘Oh, I can smoke and I can pass these tests no problem.’ That attitude kind of came back and bit him in the ass.”
All Condit knows for sure is that, despite the win, he doesn’t have that top-of-the-mountain feeling he thought he would after beating Diaz on live TV.
“Honestly, I don’t,” he said. “It was not as satisfying as it should be, with all this stuff that went on afterward.”
“Ultimately, I see Georges St-Pierre as the champion. I’m not satisfied until I fight and beat the champion and I’m the undisputed welterweight champion. That’s when I’ll be satisfied.”
“I could see how it was somewhat of a controversial decision. It was close.”
Source: Sports Illustrated