It has been 13 months since Carlos Condit last stepped into the Octagon. After losing to Demian Maia by first-round submission at UFC on FOX 21 in August 2016, Condit talked about possible retirement. The former interim UFC welterweight champion hasn’t done many interviews over the last year or so, and in the ones that he has done, he has discussed the potential of never fighting again.
Now, it seems that Condit has made up his mind. He wants to be back in the UFC — and sooner rather than later. “The Natural Born Killer” tweeted at UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby on Tuesday, asking to fight in December or January.
what's up big guy…? I'm wanting to fight in December or January… what say you!?
— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) September 19, 2017
Carlos Condit’s latest run in the UFC hasn’t been that successful, he’s lost five of his last seven fights. However, the type of competition that Condit has loss to was absolutely ridiculous: Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler and Demian Maia. All of which were either title challengers, former UFC welterweight champions, or the champion himself. After his loss to Maia, even Condit doubted if he would return, but he’s ready to comeback.
“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore. I’ve been at this for a really long time. The pressure of kind of being one of the top guys for almost a decade, it’s been awesome to be involved in this sport as long as I have. I got to do what I love for a living for a very long time. I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I belong here anymore. We’ll see.” — Carlos Condit speaking to MMA Junkie at UFC on FOX 21’s post-fight news conference.
The UFC has two pay-per-view events in December: UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit and UFC 219on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. There’s also UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg and UFC Fresno on Dec. 9.
Condit (30-10) remains one of the most exciting fighters in the world and among the most popular athletes in the UFC’s welterweight division. There are numerous potential matchups for the New Mexico native. He could always rematch Robbie Lawler, who he had a ‘Fight of the Year’ with in 2016. There’s also welterweight contender Mike Perry, who has been terrorizing the division and just called out Lawler himself. Time will tell, but an exciting fight like Condit would be a great and potentially profitable addition to any upcoming card.
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