Carlos Condit, the last WEC welterweight champion and current UFC welterweight contender, scored the biggest win of his career over the weekend when he knocked out former number one contender Dan Hardy in the first round of their UFC 120 co-main event bout. Condit spoke with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani post-fight and revealed who he would like to face next in his hunt for the title.
“I feel great,” Condit said of his big win over “The Outlaw.” “I trained my butt of for this fight. Dan’s a hell of a fighter and I know I needed to be on my game; I felt like I was tonight.”
Many had started to write Condit off after putting together a spotty beginning run in the UFC; “The Natural Born Killer” was 2-1 in the UFC before the Hardy bout with all but one of his fights ending in decision and with his two victories being very, very close. The New Mexico native feels that he is hitting his stride now, though, and only looks to improve from here on out.
“I think that I’ve had some great fights,” Condit said of his UFC career. “I’ve been looking for a good camp to set my hooks in and I’ve been with Greg Jackson for about a year. That’s been an adjustment, going from camp to camp, and now I’ve definitely found a home.”
As for where he plans to go from here, Condit says that back in the gym is the only place that makes sense considering his improved station at 170 pounds.
“I just gotta get back in the gym,” he said. “There’s nothing but monsters in this end of the division. I can’t rest on anything; anybody is one or two fights away from being a nobody so I’ve got to get back to work.”
Condit apparently already has his eye on two of those monsters, as he told Helwani that he is very interested in erasing a loss to either Jake Shields or Martin Kampmann depending on who wins their upcoming bout.
“I’d like to see who wins between Kampmann and Shields,” Condit said. “I have decision losses to both those guys and I’m looking forward to see who wins that one.”
Condit will be one of many interested spectators of this weekend’s UFC 121 event (going down Saturday night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California), which will see Shields make his UFC debut against Kampmann.