The last reigning WEC welterweight champion, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit will Saturday be stepping into the lion’s den when he takes on British slugger Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in front of a rowdy London crowd at the O2 Arena. Condit has already come under the attack by his brash opponent, who contends that Condit must be suffering from a mental illness to think that he can defeat him. Condit has maintained that he is not interested in engaging in a trash-talking battle with Hardy and in a recent interview with CagePotato.com, he stuck to his guns; he spoke about Hardy’s title fight loss to Georges St. Pierre and his own training with the renowned Greg Jackson.
Hardy’s last fight came at UFC 111 this past March where he was roundly dominated by current champion Georges St. Pierre over five rounds. Condit offered his thoughts on Hardy’s loss.
“Well, Georges is a different kind of animal, he can pretty much take anybody down,” Condit said. “It showed that Dan Hardy’s more of a stand-up guy, and he doesn’t have a whole lot of answers off his back.”
Condit was also asked how he felt about Hardy’s recent public campaign against the misuse and overuse of wrestling in MMA.
“If you can’t defend the takedown, then I’m sure you’re going to be upset about it,” he said. “I’m not that kind of fighter [that uses wrestling just to hold positions], if I take you down I intend to beat you down.”
Condit began training under the tutelage of Greg Jackson close to one year ago and credits his time there as being a huge boon to his fighting prowess.
“His wealth of knowledge is impressive,” Condit said of Jackson. “He’s been doing MMA since before anybody even knew what UFC was, and I guarantee you that. In addition to that, his camp, he’s got so many great guys coming in there, you got guys from all over the world, all different styles, all different backgrounds, so you can’t beat that.”
Condit and Hardy will square off in the co-main event of UFC 120 this weekend in London. The fight card will air Stateside on Spike TV via tape-delay.