After stumbling in his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann and then taking a controversial split decision win over Jake Ellenberger, Carlos Condit began to hit his stride inside the Octagon. The last WEC welterweight champion, Condit took on young prospect Rory MacDonald and rallied back from the brink of defeat to TKO the Canadian fighter and then scored an impressive left hook knockout over Dan Hardy to bring his UFC record to 3-1.
He was most recently scheduled to face Chris Lytle at UFC 127, but was forced out of that bout after dislocating his kneecap in training. Having established himself as a rising contender in the welterweight division, Condit will likely be booked against another top prospect in his next match. In a recent Q&A session with fans, Condit gave a few ideas as to who he’d like to face for that bout.
“I am looking to hopefully fight Jake Shields, maybe get that loss back. Now with the Strikeforce merger, possibly Nick Diaz,” said Condit. “I was supposed to fight Paul Daley a while back. I got a staph infection in my hand and had to pull out of the fight. There’s some unfinished business there. and I’d like that fight.”
One fight Condit isn’t very interested in is a rematch against Hardy; “The Outlaw” has said frequently that he is hungry to take Condit on again to prove that he’s better than him and to prove that the outcome of their first bout was a fluke.
“Honestly, I think he dislikes me more than I dislike him, probably for obvious reasons,” Condit said. “I stood in the cage with that guy, and I’m just telling you, he had nothing on me – that night, anyway and that’s when it mattered.”
Condit last appeared in action against Hardy at UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama in October of 2010.