Carlos Condit, the last WEC welterweight champion, will look to continue his evolution as a fighter when he meets Dong Hyun Kim on the main card of UFC 132 this weekend.
Condit’s Octagon performances have gradually improved each time out, with his most recent culminating in a highlight reel knockout of durable British slugger Dan Hardy. Now, he’ll meet the technically undefeated “Stun Gun” in a bout which he believes already belongs to him.
“I’m gonna come out on top in this fight, whether we’re standing, whether it’s on the ground. Not only am I going to beat Dong Hyun Kim, I’m going to finish him,” asserts the New Mexico native.
“The Natural Born Killer” sees himself as being more threatening overall than his opponent and doesn’t believe that the 14-0-1 Kim is prepared to face a fighter of his ilk.
“I don’t think he’s ready for someone like me, man,” he says. “When it comes down to the fight, when it comes down to me and him throwing down, he should have a lot more to be nervous about than I do.”
Condit does give praise to his opponent, who, since losing a split decision to Karo Parisyan which was eventually ruled a No Contest when Parisyan popped positive for banned painkillers, has taken out TJ Grant, Amir Sadollah and Nate Diaz in succession.
“He’s non-stop,” Condit says of Kim. “I like the fact that he keeps a really high pace, he puts a lot of pressure on his opponents. He’s got great ground game, he’s got good takedowns, good judo — that’s probably going to be a challenge for me. I’m a similar fighter and I think that that might make for a pretty exciting match up.”
At the end of the day though, Kim stands between Condit and UFC gold, and that’s enough for the 27-year-old to want to leave him unconscious on the mat by the end of their UFC 132 scrap.
“That’s my goal, is to get the UFC welterweight belt around my waist. Kim is the next step in that process. I plan to head down to the arena, get wrapped up, get warmed up, beat up Kim until he doesn’t move anymore and then go home.”