"If anything, [coming to the UFC] added some motivation. You know, some fire under my ass to get moving again and have something to shoot for. Training to maintain the title is one thing. Training to climb the ladder is something else. That’s just how life goes. You get to one place and think you’re good, and you know, things change. You gotta adapt.... I’m looking to make a big statement [at UFC Fight Night 19]. I wanna get in and get back on the wining track, and I need to get a W in the UFC. I’m 0-1 so far and that doesn’t sit well with me. I think my upcoming opponent is very tough, and is nobody to look past at all, but I’m well prepared and I’m looking to make a statement."
-- Carlos Condit, who was dominant in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion with an undefeated record (5-0), tells Fight! magazine that he's out to prove he can replicate that success inside the Octagon. The former WEC welterweight champion was thrown into the fire in his debut, losing a competitive split decision to top 170-pound contender, Martin Kampmann, at UFC Fight Night 18 back in April. It marked the first loss for the "Natural Born Killer" in nearly three years. And it made him realize that he has to elevate his game to a whole new level if he wants to capture another world title. That road back to the top starts anew tomorrow night when Condit welcomes newcomer Jake Ellenberger to the big leagues. Ellenberger is a dangerous striker who was last seen shutting off the switch on Marcelo Alfaya at Bellator Fighting Championships 9 back on June 12. Does Ellenberger have enough to dash Condit's high hopes or will he simply be over matched? Sound off, Maniacs.