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Diaz and Penn won't leapfrog Condit - White

ESPN staff
October 28, 2011
BJ Penn and Nick Diaz won't usurp Carlos Condit © Getty Images

UFC president Dana White has completely ruled out the possibility of Nick Diaz or BJ Penn stealing a title shot away from Carlos Condit with a big performance this weekend.

Diaz and Penn battle in the UFC 137 main event, in a clash that is bursting at the seams with natural talent. The winner stands right near the top of the welterweight contenders list, although in Penn's case it would take a serious performance to earn another shot at Georges St-Pierre, having been beaten so convincingly in the past.

The greater question marks surrounded Diaz. As Strikeforce champion, he was the initial challenger to GSP before a lack of media presence saw his chance given to Condit.

Diaz's coach Cesar Gracie suggested he would be knocking down White's door asking for the shot to be given back to Diaz if he destroys Penn, but White insists nobody is jumping ahead of Condit in the queue.

"[Carlos] Condit's in," White said in the pre-fight press conference. "Condit is sitting and waiting.

"GSP should be six to eight weeks. He's just got to have some rehab on his knee. Hopefully it doesn't lead to surgery."

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