Diaz MIA; Condit Steps in for Title Shot at UFC 137

This has been a very big week for MMA fans. Especially today after the impromptu UFC press conference where it was announced that Nick Diaz has been pulled from his world title shit against GSP for failing to appear at his scheduled press conferences. This kind of behavior is not unusual for Diaz but as Dana White said in today’s press conference’ Diaz told him face to face he would do what he has to do to take this fight.
Clearly he lied. Diaz is now without a fight and his job in the UFC could be in serious jeopardy. Dana did not say that Diaz would be cut but we have seen him release fighters for less before. Remember Todd Duffee?
However the UFC immediately found a perfect replacement and choose Carlos Condit to step in and challenge GSP for the title. I find this to be a better fight and an even bigger challenge to GSP. It is my belief that GSP would have out wrestled and grinded Diaz down for a victory. He may not be able to do that with Condit as he is stronger and much more well rounded. Condit could be the man to dethrone the longtime welterweight champion and he is definitely deserving of this title shot.

Overeem and Lesner Make UFC Returns; Will Face One Another on Dec 30th
It was announced earlier this week that Alistair Overeem has resigned with the Zuffa and will return on December 30th at UFC 141 to face Brock Lesner.

This is an enormous matchup and the likely headliner for the 141 card. Title implications could be in place as both fighters are at the top of their divisions. This will be Overeems first time in a UFC cage.
UFC on Fox to Feature 1 Fight?

The UFC announced earlier this week that the Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velazquez Heavyweight title fight will be moved to the first UFC on Fox event. While this is a great main event, the rest of the card is becoming stacked as well. Clay Guida and Ben Henderson was just announced as well.

The problem though is the UFC is only planning on showing the main event. While the rest of the card will most likely be featured on another channel the national audience is only getting a chance to see one fight. I am personally not happy with this decision as UFC brass has said it will be used as an introduction to the sport.

Last I heard, the UFC was big time now. Why would you chance one single fight that might end up being like Anderson Silva vs. Thiago Lietes. You never know how a fight will turn out in MMA and if this fight turns in to a snoozer they will really regret this decision. I am still excited to see this but I was hoping for a lot more.

Fedor Returns with M1 in Russia, Face Monson
Fedor will return to fighting in just a few short months to face Jeff Monson on November 12th in Russia. The fight was announced by Monson himself on Twitter earlier this week.

This is a good fight for Fedor if he expects to get back on the winning track. His best days are long gone but the same can be said for Monson who has not has a significant victory for quite some time.
There has been no word yet as to if this fight will be broadcasted in the States but if I am not mistaken, M-1 still has a contract with Showtime.

Bellator Moving to Spike TV?
With the UFC contract running out at the end of the year, Bellator may be on tap to make a move to Spike TV in the near future. Spike executives were spotted at a Bellator card during the summer and now a deal has been struck to broadcast the prelim fights on Spike.com.

Bellator currently airs its fights on MTV2 but MTV and Spike come from the same family so a move could happen sooner rather then later. This would be a great way for Bellator to make a jump to become the #2 promotion behind the UFC.