Carlos Condit took a controversial decision victory over Nick Diaz last week at UFC 143 to earn the UFC interim welterweight title. Since then he’s suffered the criticism heaped on his performance by some fans and saw a rematch with Diaz fall apart before it came together when Diaz tested positive for marijuana.
Condit recently appeared on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the criticism he’s endured, as well as Diaz’s positive drug test.
“There’s been a lot of different reactions,” Condit said in reference to his fight with Condit. “A lot of criticism. A lot of people talking trash. And then some people not talking trash, some people just are disappointed. They thought the fight was gonna be one way and it wasn’t — that’s fine. But then, on the other hand, people have given me a ton of praise and a lot of respect. Kind of everywhere in between.”
Admitting that his bout with Diaz was a closer fight than he originally thought, Condit also leveled with Helwani that the criticism has been bothering him, as he still feels he fought well and isn’t in control of whom the judges award decisions to.
“It does (bother me), man and it’s been kind of a process dealing with all the criticism. And even the praise,” he said. “The thing about it is, most of these people, they don’t care about me. They don’t care whether I get knocked out or whether I win the fight. They want to be entertained. Maybe they lose a hundred bucks or lose in their fantasy MMA league. But, ultimately, they don’t care if I get beat down and get knocked out, other than maybe for a fleeting moment. I gotta fight the way that I need to to win. I’m proud of the way I fought.”
Though he wasn’t hot on the idea at first, Condit said he came around to rematching Diaz after rewatching their fight and was disappointed to learn that a second go-round with Stockton’s favorite son would likely have to wait. In regards to marijuana being tested for, Condit said that the rules are the rules, whether they should be or not and that Diaz was privy to them just like all of the other fighters.
“I think that’s a pretty complicated issue. Ultimately, it’s something that’s banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at this point, at the point when they tested him for our fight last weekend and he tested positive,” said Condit. “That’s what it boils down to. Whether I think it’s right or whether marijuana’s performance enhancing or not — that’s kind of beside the point. That’s the rules.”