ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — But Diaz Hasn’t Accepted Offer
Albuquerque mixed-martial arts fighter Carlos Condit, angered by negative fan reaction to his victory over Nick Diaz on Saturday, has agreed to a rematch.
But a rematch takes two, and as of Wednesday, Diaz has not come aboard. And his manager, Cesar Gracie, told espn.com that won’t happen.
Ricky Kottenstette, general manager of Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts, on Wednesday confirmed that Condit had agreed to face Diaz again.
“I’m pretty sure it will be in the summer,” Kottenstette said.
Condit (28-5) defeated Diaz by unanimous decision Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., but large segments of MMA fandom disagreed with the verdict or disliked Condit’s tactical, hit-and-not-get-hit strategy.
“Carlos is pretty agitated at all the backlash he got from beating (Diaz) up,” Kottenstette said. “It was a pretty definitive win, but people are giving him a lot of (flak).
“I think he wants to prove to the world that he’s gonna put it on (Diaz) worse (in the rematch).”
The volatile Diaz (26-8) reacted bitterly to Saturday’s outcome, saying he might retire as a result.
On Wednesday, the website MMA Junkie asked Diaz’s manager if his client had accepted the rematch.
“No,” Gracie said, declining further comment. Later, responding to espn.com, he was more expansive and more definitive.
“Yeah, I said that (there will be no rematch). But that’s all I can say,” Gracie said. “I can’t say anything else. I can’t do anything.
“Quote that if you want to. There is not going to be a rematch.”
With Saturday’s victory, Condit became the UFC interim welterweight champion and earned the first shot at champion Georges St-Pierre when he returns from a torn ACL suffered in training.
St-Pierre isn’t expected to be ready until November. Before the Condit-Diaz fight, UFC boss Dana White had discussed the possibility of the winner fighting someone else while waiting for St-Pierre to recover.
Condit trains full time at Jackson-Winkeljohn. St-Pierre trains there part-time.
UP NEXT: Albuquerque welterweight Diego Sanchez, out of action for almost a year after suffering a broken hand, returns to the octagon Wednesday in the main event of a UFC card to be telecast live from Omaha, Neb., on Fuel TV (DirecTV channel 618, DISH Network 398, not available on Comcast in Albuquerque).
Sanchez (25-4), who trains at Jackson-Winkeljohn, is scheduled to face Omaha’s Jake Ellenberger (26-5).
Moriarty’s Tim Means (16-3-1), who trains at Albuquerque’s FIT-NHB gym, is scheduled to make his UFC debut in Omaha. Means will face Bernardo Magalhaes (11-1), a Brazilian who lives in Australia, at 155 pounds.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal