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Old 03-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana said Condit v Hendricks is #1 contender bout? I dont think so.

The pre-fight press-conference was dominated by Diaz and his shenanigans, but the one question that wasn't about GSP-Diaz (and was overlooked) was posed to Dana - a reporter asked him whether Hendricks would get the shot if he won, and Dana answered "The winner of the fight is #1 Contender". Here are the issues I have with this:

1) Condit just lost to GSP in a pretty convincing manner. Of course, the Zuffa hype machine can edit that one mini-comeback to make it look like it was a back-and-forth fight, but for anyone who actually saw it, you'll remember that GSP was in trouble for all of one minute, and then got back to dominating Condit everywhere, including in the stand-up. What I'm saying is if Condit and GSP both win, no one wants to see the rematch, but its still marketable.

2) Condit just fought Diaz in one of the most controversial title fights in recent history. No promises of "dogfights", or overdubbed "where you at Carlos" montages are going to convince the discerning fan that a rematch would be any different.

3) If Diaz wins, a GSP-Diaz rematch is more marketable than Diaz-Hendricks, and Hendricks (even if he wins), will either have to sit on the shelf for another 6 months to a year, or fight Ellenberger-Marquardt winner, or Rory/Maia/whomsoever to stay busy.

4) If Diaz gives GSP a close fight (a la Frankie Edgar), a rematch is again very marketable, much more so than GSP-Hendricks.

Therefore, thinking Dana's (possibly empty) words through, you can make the argument that Hendricks-Condit is a one-way contender match (meaning only for Hendricks), and that Hendricks will only get his title shot if GSP convincingly beats Diaz.

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can pretty much guarantee a rematch if the fight is even kind of close. GSP is too big of a draw, they'd want to put him right back into contention. And like you said, GSP/Diaz 2 would be very marketable if Diaz puts a whooping on GSP but loses the decision.

If a boring, awful draw like Edgar can get undeserved title shots, I don't see why GSP or Diaz can't.
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It should be Hendricks or Maia. Condit imo should have to wait.

Dana saying something doesn't mean anything though, this type of situation happens all the time and there are so many other factors that can come into play and lead to a different fight happening.
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Agree with the above. Hendricks or Maia if Diaz fight is one-sided.

Maia could have like a gimmie look at me fight if they wanted 1 more out of him.

I'm not saying that I doubt they would put Condit out there again. Which would suck. Unless he showed some sick Jitz in a sub win. Or stuffed countless TD attempts.
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What I want to know is if Hendricks and Diaz both win would Hendricks want GSP to prove a point about GSP ducking him or would he take the title shot?

As for Dana saying it's a title fight decider, with the circus that have been UFC title fights recently I can see Pat Barry dropping from HW and getting first refusal at the belt
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Only way Condit gets a title shot after he gets his guaranteed win against Johny is if Diaz beats GSP.. I think its way too soon to Put Condit against GSP again, he needs more than one win... As a Condit fan i Just don't want him to Fight GSP this soon.. Even though he has a better chance now than before i still want to see him fight Rory and perhaps even another after before he takes GSPs WW crown..
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Lets throw out half your argument right off the bat because Diaz is getting destroyed. This will be the most one sided GSP fight since Serra/GSP 2 except bloodier. Diaz will never fight GSP again after saturday.

I do see where Condit/GSP is not the fight to make but its not because Condit lost to GSP its because Demian Maia jut put a big exclamation mark on his WW ambitions against Fitch.
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I love Condit but no chance he gets a rematch. If Diaz somehow won, they'd give GSP an instant rematch. If GSP won, it would be too soon to do GSP/Condit again. Hendricks will probably get the title shot if he wins, Condit won't. Dana just says things are #1 contender's fights, but as we know, his credibility on that is between none and none at this point.
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Lets throw out half your argument right off the bat because Diaz is getting destroyed. This will be the most one sided GSP fight since Serra/GSP 2 except bloodier. Diaz will never fight GSP again after saturday.
I don't think its going to be as lop sided you are thinking.
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