Though he had no idea how it could, or if it even would, come about, Carlos Condit has been preparing for a fight against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he last appeared in the octagon.
After putting together his third-straight stoppage victory — an impressive flying knee KO of Dong Hyun Kim that went down in July — Condit knew he was close to a title shot. It didn’t matter that former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz was slated to take on St-Pierre next, or that Condit himself was matched up with BJ Penn; clearly anything can happen in this sport and Condit wasn’t about to miss out on a chance to fight for the title if his name was called.
The one hang-up around the bout, the fact that both men train under Greg Jackson, has been on Condit’s mind since he began eyeing a title shot and he recently told MMAJunkie.com that he had already figured on a temporary restructuring of his coaching staff before he was ever slated to challenge for the belt.
“I had kind of come up with a contingency plan if this scenario came about,” Condit told MMAJunkie. “I already had my ducks in a row as far as trainers and how I’ll prepare. There will be some adjustments, but I’ve trained with Chris Luttrell for years and years and years – since I was a teenager. I feel like I’m in great hands. We’re going to do what we need to do to be prepared for this fight.”
Since St-Pierre tends to keep his training in Montreal or New York, Condit hasn’t really crossed paths with the champ while on the mats in Albuquerque; though, on the rare occasion that the two have been under the same roof, they’ve always trained as though they expected this fight to come, sooner or later.
“Since I’ve been at Jackson’s, he hasn’t been there a whole lot, and when he has, we’ve kind of stayed to our respective sides of the gym,” Condit said. “I think that we saw this on the horizon. I definitely did.”
The Natural Born Killer knows full well that a formidable test lay in his path, but he stays undeterred by St-Pierre’s impressive run of championship dominance by keeping aware of an important detail: St-Pierre has been taken out before and he can be taken out again.
“Georges is the biggest star in MMA, and it’s an honor to fight him,” Condit said. “It’s an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Georges, honestly. But I’m trying to cement a legacy. I want to be known as one of the greatest fighters in the world when I’m done with this. This is another step in that direction. He’s a man. He’s a human. He’s not invincible. He’s not this machine that is untouchable. Other guys have proved that there are some weaknesses there. I’ve got to train hard and figure out how I can exploit that.”