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There's been a rather refreshing change in MMA lately. Have you noticed?
When fighters are asked who they would like to fight or who they may have their eye on for the future, most of them tend to resort to the tried and true method of deflection.
"Whoever Dana White gives me, I'll fight," they say.
You have to admire their courage to stand up to whoev... zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry, but it's nice when fighters buck the trend and actually decide to throw a name out.
We've seen this recently with Melvin Guillard calling out every lightweight under the Zuffa banner, Mark Munoz asking for a fight against Chris Leben and the entire Bellator roster wanting a piece of Nate Marquardt.
"One guy that I've got my eye on fighting is Jake Shields. I know that he's slated to fight Jake Ellenberger but a rematch with Jake Shields would be pretty important to me because that was a loss early on in my career that I would like to avenge."
The loss Condit is referring to is a 2006 match-up that saw Shields grind out a unanimous decision win in a Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Tournament Final.
Just under one year later, "The Natural Born Killer" signed on with Zuffa, joining the ranks in the WEC and, aside from a close split decision loss to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, hasn't lost since.
Of course, a prospective fight between the two 170-pound contenders will have to wait, seeing as Shields is already tied up with Jake Ellenberger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17.
But if he makes it out unscathed and Condit is still lonely and without a dance partner for later this year, expect talks to heat up.
Sound good to you?