October 29 was to be the day marking the pinnacle of Carlos Condit’s career – his long awaited shot at becoming a UFC champion. However, less than a week ago Condit learned he will have to instead sit idly by while the day comes and goes after Georges St. Pierre injured his knee while training for their UFC 137 headliner.
However, as frustrating as the circumstances must be, at least one person in Condit’s camp has pulled a positive out of an otherwise disappointing situation.
In a conversation on Sherdog Radio, Jackson’s MMA coach Mike Winkeljohn painted a silver lining around the delay in his pupil’s title-fight, saying, “Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. We had a game plan. We felt real good with it, but Chris Luttrell and I were talking about some things we’d like to see Carlos do, (though) we figured it was too late to even try to implement those things because the fight’s coming up and you can only fill your fighter’s head with so much information. In a way, now we can come up with a couple of more things to put us in a couple of better positions for this fight.”
Still, even with the additional time to prepare Winkeljohn still acknowledged the bittersweet nature of the scenario, adding an interesting nugget regarding Condit’s patience in terms of waiting for St. Pierre to heal up properly.
“Carlos had his head in the right place. It was a great fight camp for him,” Winkeljohn explained on the subject. “He was working all the right things and building his confidence to be in the right place at the right time. He’s disappointed, but he understands the fight game. He wants to beat Georges at Georges’ best, so he’s going to wait, and, assuming it doesn’t take too long, Carlos wants to fight him for the title soon.”
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MMATraining Take: Winkeljohn, one of the best in the biz, makes a lot of sense. While St. Pierre will be busy resting and rehabbing, Condit can be in the gym doing additional film study, refining certain aspects of his attack, and in general getting even MORE ready for the biggest fight of his career. The only thing he needs to watch out for is overtraining since he was prepared to peak this week rather than in 2-3 months.