Carlos Condit has competed in world title matches before, but he knows when he steps inside the cage with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, it will be like nothing experienced before.
Condit and St-Pierre will meet October 29 at UFC 137 in the main event from Las Vegas, Nevada. Condit is replacing Nick Diaz, who was removed from the bout after failing to appear for a pair pre-fight press conferences.
Some have questioned the decision to place Condit (27-5) in the prime position as No. 1 contender, but his resume is quite impressive. Along with a four-fight win streak, Condit is 12-1 over the past five years and held the WEC welterweight title prior to the UFC absorbing the division.
“It’s a great opportunity for me, but I think whether Nick did what he did or he didn’t, I still think I deserve the title shot,” said Condit, in an exclusive interview with Budda Sport recently. “I didn’t get it by default or anything like that. With that being said, it’s unfortunate for him. At this stage of the game, it’s not just fighting. It’s selling the fights, you got to show up and do the P.R. It’s not always fun but it’s part of it.”
Condit and GSP both train out of New Mexico with Greg Jackson, so the two are considered teammates. There is also plenty of admiration between the two, but that hasn’t stopped the fight from moving forward.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Georges, I’ve admired his style and kinda the way he carries himself and I’m honored to get in their and challenge him for the belt and step in the cage with him,” Condit said. “With all that aside, I think that I’m the best welterweight in the world and I’ve been trying to prove that every single time I get in their and this fight is going to be no different.”