UFC welterweight, Carlos Condit has already been to the top, almost. In 2012, he won a split decision win over Nick Diaz to capture the interim UFC Welterweight title but would go on to lose that just nine months later to Georges St. Pierre. Earlier this year at UFC 195, in a title fight for the ages, he lost to then champion Robbie Lawler in a split decision. And with Tyron Woodley just recently crowned the new champion and new faces like Steven “Wonderboy” Thompson rising in the ranks quickly, Condit knows that it’s a good time to remind everyone that he is the best in the welterweight division and stake his claim for another chance at the title. “The division is very exciting now,” said Condit. “There are a lot of new guys, so it’s a cool time to be involved.”
He will get his opportunity on Saturday night in the main event of UFC on FOX: Maia vs Condit as he takes on one of the best Jiu jitsu practitioners in the sport, Demian Maia. “He’s been on a tear and is really good at what he does,” explained Condit about Maia. “This fight gets me right back into title contention.”
Anyone that has ever watched a Carlos Condit fight knows that he is one of the most explosive and dangerous fighters in the UFC. Known for delivering devastating combos and some of the most vicious striking blows from his back, Condit has never had to talk his way into a fight. But he is okay with superstars like Conor McGregor making “money fights” as long as they can back up their words. “If they deliver like McGregor and Diaz have, its awesome.” said Condit.
And as the UFC still looks to expand its market in Latin America, specifically in Mexico by bringing in new Latino stars like Alexa Grasso and giving featherweight sensation Yair Rodriguez his time to shine, Condit, who is also of Mexican decent stands behind that one-hundred percent. “Yair is an awesome fighter,” said Condit. “That’s the great thing about the UFC. It translates into so many different cultures.”
For Condit, this fight with Demian Maia will show everyone that although there are some new names in the welterweight division, his name should be the one that everyone should still be worried about. “Demian Maia is a really tough opponent,” said Condit. “But if I can make this fight exciting, a war and make it ugly, I’m going to come away with the win.”
UFC on FOX: Maia vs Condit is Saturday, August 27th, LIVE on Fox, 8pm ET/5pm PT.