It was revealed recently that UFC welterweight contender Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit had turned down a bout with Jon Fitch that would likely have established the next welterweight contender to get a title shot. Citing bad timing for his refusal to take on Fitch at this juncture, Condit recently told MMAJunkie.com that he is still looking for a big name opponent given the right time frame.
“It just didn’t work out as far as timing went,” Condit told MMAJunkie of the proposed bout with Fitch. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to get a long enough camp in for Fitch for the time period that they were wanting me to fight.”
Fitch will take on Jake Ellenberger, who Condit holds a controversial split decision victory over, in place of Condit this February 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Natural Born Killer” pictures that fight going the way that Fitch’s fights tend to go, with the American Kickboxing Academy team captain getting his hand raised after three rounds of grinding.
“I imagine it will go like Fitch’s fights go, usually,” Condit said. “Ellenberger has a lot of power, and I don’t think Fitch is going to risk standing up with him for very long. So I imagine that he’s probably going to take [Ellenberger] down and outgrapple him. Fitch is a great fighter. I’m not taking anything away from him. I’m a fan. I just think he’s not really a finisher, and that’s his thing. But he’s one of the best fighters in the division either way. But, like I said, Ellenberger has a hell of a lot of power, and I think he could definitely take Fitch out because he’s dangerous.”
As is evidenced by the fact that Condit was offered a bout with Fitch (who is as close to the top of the heap as anyone at 170-pounds), the Greg Jackson-trained fighter is currently on the cusp of locking himself into a title shot. With one or two more impressive wins over solid opponents, like his UFC 120 knockout over former contender Dan Hardy, Condit will likely find himself knocking on the door of whoever holds the belt.
So it is that the New Mexico native finds himself being more selective of the opponents he gets next; desiring only to fight against big-name competition that will keep his name in the mix as a welterweight contender. Expressing interest in bouts with either teammate Diego Sanchez (assuming he stays at welterweight) or veteran Chris Lytle (who recently respectfully called out Condit), Condit is just looking to continue progressing as a UFC 170-pounder.
“At a certain point in your career, you have to start being smart about picking your fights,” Condit said. “There’s a lot of guys that are tough as hell and very dangerous but don’t have a huge name. So losing to them wouldn’t do anything for you, and neither would beating them.”
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