UFC welterweight Carlos Condit is coming off the biggest win of his career, outpointing Nick Diaz in February to earn an “interim” belt and shot at divisional champion Georges St. Pierre later this year. While some men might be satisfied with such success, the increased proximity to being considered the best 170-pounder in the world has only made his competitive fire burn even brighter.
Condit updated fans on what he’s been up to lately, as well as offered some closing thoughts on his controversial victory over Diaz, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website where he made it clear he’s ready to shed the label of “interim champion”.
“I don’t think it was the war that everybody was expecting or even that me or Nick was expecting,” said Condit of his intelligent approach against Diaz before pointing to a positive in the equation. “But it was an entertaining fight and I proved to myself that I can really stick to a gameplan and a strategy. In the past, I’ve gone in there with a strategy and once punches were thrown, I abandoned all that and kinda threw down. This fight showed me that I’ve matured as a fighter with experience.”
In terms of his current situation, Condit has been taking it easy after the stress of the build to his fight with Diaz. During the preceding months Condit saw a crack at GSP’s gold slip through his fingers for reasons out of his control, as well as had to handle the pressure of his massively hyped meeting with Diaz.
“Last year was pretty tumultuous, so I’m staying in shape, but I’m taking time to just enjoy being the champion, enjoy hanging out with my family, and for the most part, I’m just mentally relaxing so I can get back into a camp here in the next couple months and be able to completely dedicated and completely into it,” explained Condit, still waiting to hear when St. Pierre will be fully recovered from knee surgery.
However, Condit is far from content even though he’s been focused on family in recent months, stating, “There’s still that pesky word ‘interim’ in my title, and until I’m able to purge myself of that and be the undisputed champion, I’m still hungry.”
St. Pierre is expected to be ready to fight by November assuming he doesn’t experience any setbacks while rehabbing/training.
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MMATraining Take: It’s hard to disagree with Condit’s assessment of his win over Diaz or approach to life on the sidelines. While I would personally love to see him fight Jake Ellenberger, as it makes little sense to have an interim title that’s never defended, you can’t fault Condit for playing things smart. He didn’t force the UFC to promise him GSP.