If Nick Diaz beats BJ Penn in impressive fashion in Saturday’s UFC 137 main event, his trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie, will ask UFC President Dana White to give Diaz the next shot at welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre over Carlos Condit.
“This is the UFC so there’s always that chance,” Gracie recently said on The MMA Hour. “There’s no question about it that I will ask for that if Nick has a tremendous performance and he can finish BJ, I would ask for that. But the biggest thing is if the fans want it. If the fans all ask for that, Dana [White] is a smart guy. He knows the sport is about the fans. So who knows?”
Diaz was originally scheduled to fight St-Pierre in the UFC 137 headliner, but the UFC replaced him with Condit after he failed to appear for a pair of press conferences. St-Pierre was then forced off the card last week with a knee injury that will sideline him until early next year, and Condit decided to wait for St-Pierre’s return rather than risk his title shot.
Unless Condit suffers an injury of his own, it is unlikely that the UFC would pull him from a promised title shot against St-Pierre, leaving Diaz to likely wait for the winner if he beats Penn at UFC 137.
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