Nick Diaz is out of the October 29 UFC 137 event in Las Vegas.
The announcement was made this Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.
The president of the UFC , Dana White, announced that Georges Saint-Pierre’s new opponent for the welterweight title fight will be Carlos Condit.
To justify the replacement, White said: “Diaz can’t deal with the pressure of being in a UFC main event and all the commitments it entails.”
Diaz failed to meet the obligations for promoting the event.
Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, said via telephone during the presser that he supports the UFC in making its decision and that he is ashamed of his athlete’s attitude.
White also guaranteed that fans who do not wish to watch the new matchup may return their tickets.
Saint-Pierre then said that he is very surprised by the change: “I thought someone in his family had died.”
Carlos Condit, also known as “Natural Born Killer”, holds a record of 27 wins and 5 losses in MMA.
His last appearance in the UFC was in July at UFC 132, when he knocked out Dong Hyun Kim.
The UFC released a teaser for the fight, on Youtube (and the fan comments about Dana and Diaz aren’t too pleasant).