After some initial turbulence upon transferring to the UFC, the WEC’s last welterweight champ Carlos Condit has established himself as one of the top contenders in the UFC at 170lbs.
A come-from-behind TKO win over highly regarded prospect Rory MacDonald, a picture-perfect left hook knockout over Dan Hardy and then a flying knee knockout over Dong Hyun Kim have made it clear that Condit is one of the most dangerous fighters in the division and a win in his next bout will very likely propel him to title contention.
For his next bout he’ll have no easy task, as he’ll be facing MMA pioneer BJ Penn. Condit spoke about the bout, which will be the biggest of his career, in an interview with Inside MMA.
“It’s an absolute honor to be facing BJ,” Condit said. “It’s really amazing to have worked my way up to facing somebody of legendary status in the sport. I’m as motivated as I ever have been in my career and I better be, because I know I have a very, very tough test in front of me.”
Though Condit takes every fight more seriously than the last, he explained that he’s putting special emphasis on this fight considering the caliber of his opponent.
“Every fight’s the biggest test of your career. They’re all important these days,” said Condit. “It’s always a tougher and tougher opponent, so, I’m training for BJ as if he was the toughest guy I’ve ever faced because he probably is.”
Condit and Penn will square off on October 29 at UFC 137, which is going down at at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.