Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit established himself as a force in the UFC’s welterweight division by knocking out former number one contender Dan Hardy, after a bit of a shaky start in the promotion. Condit needed only one round and a picture-perfect left hook to dispatch the very durable Hardy and make up for what he admits was an bumpy three-fight starting run in the UFC.
“So far in my UFC career I haven’t been as dominating as I was in the past, so I was just trying to get back on track,” Condit said during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “You’ve watched my career, you knew me back when I was fighting in Rumble on the Rock and stuff, and I was taking guys out in the first round back then. I haven’t been able to do that in my last couple fights, so I’m just showing people what they might have forgot.”
Condit told MMAWeekly that he believes his performance in the Hardy fight to be indicative of the fact that he has hit his stride, and he plans on barreling forward from here on out.
“In this fight, I felt as comfortable as I’ve ever felt in the cage,” said Condit. “I feel like I’m coming into my prime now. It’s now or never if I’m going to get that belt around my waist. I’m going to give it my best effort and train as hard as I can, and these next couple of fights will probably define my career.”
A fairly recent transplant to the Greg Jackson camp in New Mexico, Condit is making the most of his new tutelage and is looking to test himself against the most serious challengers in the welterweight division. MMAWeekly asked Condit how he would feel about facing divisional top-dogs Martin Kampmann, Jake Shields or Jon Fitch and the 26-year old displayed his grit in his answer.
“Any one of those guys you just named would be great,” Condit said. “I think Fitch, that would be a great fight. I think his game plan would be similar to (GSP’s) game plan. Wrestler probably try to take me down, and if I could deal with that then that is maybe a marker for how I might do in a title match. I’d have to work my butt off, but I like a challenge.”
With Fitch newly committed to taking on Jake Ellenberger this February 5th at UFC 126, Condit will have to seek out another top contender in the 170-pound division. Where do you think Condit stacks in the welterweight division and who do you think would be a good next opponent for “The Natural Born Killer?” Let us know in our comments section below.