When Carlos Condit made the transfer from the WEC (where he reigned as welterweight champion) to the UFC, he had a bit of trouble adjusting.
The Natural Born Killer dropped his first contest in the promotion to Martin Kampmann (split decision), took home a controversial split decision over Jake Ellenberger and then rallied for a TKO over Rory MacDonald after taking a beating from the young prospect for the majority of three rounds. Just when it was starting to look like Condit’s fate would have him cast as a middle-tier welterweight, he hit his stride.
The Greg Jackson-trained 27-year-old knocked out the iron-chinned Dan Hardy in one round with a beautifully-placed left hooked at UFC 120 and then returned to put away daunting Korean prospect Dong Hyun Kim with a flying knee in the first round at UFC 132. Now, Condit is poised to face former dual-division champion BJ Penn in a bout that will likely determine the next contender to the welterweight throne.
Should he get past Penn, Condit will be looking at a bout with either current champ (and Jackson’s team member) Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz, who are going to do battle in late October. Speaking with MMACanada.net recently, Condit revealed that, given the choice, he’d rather face Diaz.
“Georges St-Pierre is part of Jackson’s camp so I don’t want to see him lose his title. But, on the other hand, I would rather fight Diaz for a couple different reasons,” said the New Mexico native. “Mainly the fact that he’s not a team mate of mine so I’d like to bypass that whole… you know, any complications that would arise and also I’ve wanted to fight Diaz for a really long time. I think a fight between Diaz would be a very entertaining fight for the fans.”
Condit maintains that he isn’t looking past The Prodigy though, and told MMACanada that he sees the Hawaiian pioneer as the toughest opponent he’s yet faced.
“BJ is definitely the toughest guy that I’ve ever fought,” said Condit. “But, in the past I’ve always risen to the occasion and the tougher the opponent the better I fight. So, this isn’t going to be any different.”
Condit is slated to take on Penn at UFC 137 this October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.