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Everybody is talking about Nick Diaz fighting Georges St. Pierre for the UFC WW title, as if a victory for Diaz in tonight's match up against Carlos Condit is a foregone conclusion.  It most definitely is not. Condit has been on a tear lately, finishing his last three opponent's with strikes and in the process amassing a Fight of the Night award and two Knockout of the Night awards.  Yet, people are acting as though he's supposed to be the sacrificial lamb for Diaz in the run up to the GSP fight.

Although I think Diaz will win tonight, I don't see this as a walk for the 209 fighter.  The good news is, neither does Diaz.  He's not buying into the media hype and even said that Condit is more dangerous than GSP.  And he might be right about that.

Both men bring plenty of weapons into this fight, and most of the fight will probably take place on the feet.  It is sure to be an explosive match.  But to count Condit out already is a big mistake.

Another intesting thing about tonight's UFC is what kind of buy rate it will do.  Last week's UFC on Fox 2 show was supposed to introduce the UFC to a whole new set of eyeballs and thus increase PPV sales, but for new fans watching that card, they may be leery of buying tonight's $54.95 card.  I'm curious to see what kind of numbers the PPV brings in tonight.  It's clear that the UFC is concerned with their PPV numbers in general. They recently tried starting the show an hour earlier, but quickly moved it back to its original time.  We'll have to wait for the numbers to see what kind of bump the Fox show gave this card.

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In this Q&A video, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre talks about his knee injury, rehab and returning to action.  Check it out.

Nice way to get right back on that dirt bike, Nick!  In this video, Nick is racing Xterra and takes a spill.  But that barely slows him down.  Check it out.

*cues Wipeout*

Nick Diaz is not taking Carlos Condit lightly.  In fact he thinks the this weekend's fight with Condit is more dangerous than a fight with Georges St. Pierre.  In this open workout video, which features Diaz, Condit, Werdum, Nelson and GSP, Nick says all he needs to worry about against GSP is losing.  But with Condit, he has to worry about his teeth.  Check it out.

 

On the heels of the Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis fight, UFC LHW champion Jon "Bones" Jones had some strong words for both fighters.  As GSP would say, Bones was not impressed by thier performance.  He told the MMA Hour (via ESPN):

"Phil, man, I don't know what got into him.  He did not look like a lion. I think with fighters, no matter how tough you are, there's just lions and there's wolves and there's sheep. He just kind of looked like a sheep out there. He didn't come with much.

"I think he got a little intimidated by Rashad. And the pressure of being on Fox, how many millions of people were watching the fight, I just don't think he handled the situation well. That's why, when I was broadcasting, I said this is where we'll see where Phil's at, if he's going to be a top-level guy or a mid-tier fighter.

"Judging by the performance [Saturday] night, I don't know if I can consider himself a wolf."

Ouch!  But of course, Rashad will disagree with that, and he'll have a chance to dispute it face to face, mano y mano, against Jones in April.  Let the hype begin!

 

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UFC heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with  one count of misdemeanor battery after allegedly pushing a women in Las Vegas on January 2.  He is scheduled to in a Las Vegas court on February 21.  If convicted, Overeem could get as much as six months in the Clark County Detention Center and have to pay a fine of not more than $1000.

The incident took place at around 3AM, and according to the police report, Overeem pushed the woman in the face, "causing her to stagger back."

Alistair's lawyer, Las Vegas defense attorney David Chesnoff, said:  "Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court," Chesnoff said. "There are two sides to this story and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence."

If you think about it, it wasn't much of a push if the woman didn't find herself being propelled through a building or something.  So on the surface it sounds like she might of invaded his space and he gently pushed her away.  But of course, this is all speculation and we'll have to wait and see what the courts decide.

So far, the UFC has declined to comment on the case.  If Overeem is convicted, it will be yet another blow to the UFC, but because it's only a misdemeanor it still probably won't scuttle Alistair's title tilt against Junior Dos Santos.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Oh, and one more thing.  Here's a bit of advice for Overeem and his lawyer.  Whatever you do, do not let prosecutors see these old GIF images of Overeem manhandling a female reporter and kicking a kid!  GIFs after the jump.

What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know!

There are demons in GSP's head, and he plans on unleashing those demons on Nick Diaz when--and if--they finally do fight.  GSP was scheduled for fight Diaz next week, but had to pull out with an injured knee.  This prompted Diaz to tell people that GSP is not hurt, he's scared.  Well, that woke up the demons in GSP, and this is the most we've ever seen him pissed.  Check out this video clip where both GSP and Diaz talk about their upcoming fight--provided Nick gets past Carlos Condit next week, no small task in and of itself.

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