Carlos Condit, who meets Nick Diaz tonight to crown an interim UFC welterweight champ in the main event of UFC 143, has just as good of resume as his opponent. However, “The Natural Born Killer” can’t seem to catch a break from fans, media, or his employers when it comes to being the man to exit the event with a future crack at Georges St. Pierre.
Let’s take a quick look at Condit’s resume and let you re-think any bets you may be planning to make.
First, Condit is a former champion, having secured the World Extreme Cagefighting title back in 2007 and defending it successfully three times before the division was absorbed by the UFC. Including his victory in claiming the vacant title, Condit finished three of his four opponents by submission including two in the first round.
Condit took on the likes of Frank Trigg, Jake Shields, and Pat Healy before signing with the WEC and has not backed down from a challenge since. After entering the UFC, Condit dropped a Split Decision to Martin Kampmann in a bout that could have gone either way. Many thought the bout should have been ruled a draw, but Condit didn’t let the loss linger, earning victories over Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, and Dong Hyun Kim since the defeat.
Fighting out of Jackson’s Gym in New Mexico, the training partners Condit has at his disposal are second to none. He is also a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, along with being strong in kickboxing the standard sweet science.
If you have yet to see Condit he has the prototypical fighter body, standing 6-feet-2 and always making the welterweight limit. He lives and trains for fighting, as evident by his segments on the Countdown and Primetime specials attached to UFC 143.
Will Diaz provide Condit his greatest foe when the two step inside the Octagon? Without a doubt. However, that doesn’t mean Condit isn’t ready to steal the spotlight from a possible Diaz vs. GSP match down the road and walk away with the interim UFC welterweight title.
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