Injured UFC champion Georges St-Pierre knows he will likely have to face Carlos Condit to unify his 170-pound mixed martial arts title, but he still wants a piece of Nick Diaz.
Condit won a unanimous decision over Diaz on Saturday at UFC 143 in Las Vegas to claim the interim welterweight title. The victory will likely set up a showdown with St-Pierre later this year once the incumbent champion from Montreal recovers from knee surgery.
“Congratulations to Carlos Condit and my friends Wonderboy and Rafael Natal for their wins this weekend,” St-Pierre said Monday in a post on his Twitter account.
The Montreal fighter, who watched the action from cageside, sent out another tweet a few minutes later.
“I still hope to meet Nick Diaz in the Octagon one day.”
Diaz was quick to disrespect St-Pierre after beating B.J. Penn in October. St-Pierre, watching from cageside, was so irate that he demanded a fight with Diaz rather than the scheduled one with Condit.
UFC president Dana White was happy to oblige, only to see GSP felled by an injury in training.
Condit earned US$110,000 for his victory, according to figures released Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
He received a basic purse amount of $55,000 and a matching win bonus of $55,000. Diaz earned a basic purse amount of $200,000.
The commission figures do not tell the whole story since the UFC does not detail all of its bonuses or other contract clauses. Top fighters usually receive a cut of the lucrative pay-per-view revenue.
Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum also earned a nice payday for his win over local favourite Roy (Big Country) Nelson. Werdum earned a basic purse of $100,000 — five times the amount Nelson received — and both fighters received a $65,000 fight-of-the-night bonus.
Josh Koscheck earned a $73,000 purse and matching win bonus for the same amount after his split-decision victory over Mike Pierce, who picked up $20,000.
Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson earned a $65,000 bonus for knockout of the night in his victory over Dan Stittgen and Dustin Poirier also earned a $65,000 bonus for submission of the night in his win over 20-year-old newcomer Max Holloway.
Natal earned $20,000 for his victory over Michael Kuiper ($6,000).
Notes: The UFC has officially asked the Nevada commission for the dates of May 26 and July 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for pay-per-view cards.