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"Natural Born Killer" indeed.
Carlos Condit entered his UFC 132 main card fight last night (July 2, 2011) with undefeated South Korean Dong Hyun Kim on the heels of a three fight winning streak as well as two impressive stoppage victories over Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy.
With many fans and analysts believing that Kim was Condit's kryptonite, the Greg Jackson trained fighter put on what may have been the most impressive performance of his career, winning faster than any previous UFC performance yet and pulling off the "Knockout of the Night" bonus in the process (on a night with four amazing knockouts no less).
Find out how the former WEC welterweight champ pulled it off below.
Condit is extremely dangerous from anywhere but if he had any weaknesses, it would be his defensive wrestling. He got a little overaggressive early and Kim easily shot in and took him down with authority.
Instead of panicking off his back, Condit immediately positioned his legs for a sweep on Kim and rolled him over into full mount, even thinking about going for an early guillotine before reconsidering and allowing Kim to escape back to his feet.
For the next nearly two minutes, Kim fought very defensively, looking to counter another big Condit strike with a takedown attempt but "The Natural Born Killer" refused to oblige him by overcommitting to his stand-up. Instead, Condit forced Kim to back against the cage with a big flurry, got him to lower his defenses with a lazy push kick and then exploded forward with a devastating lunging flying right knee that connected square to the jaw and hurt Kim badly.
Condit wouldn't give "Stun Gun" a chance to recover, quickly swarming the South Korean and finishing him off with ground and pound along the fence to secure the knockout victory.
For Dong Hyun Kim, he has to be disappointed with his performance. He scored that easy takedown early and couldn't do anything with it, even getting swept and he just seemed out of his comfort zone after that. When he couldn't close the distance and attempt another takedown, he seemed like a fish out of the water on the feet and was easy prey for Condit. He'll have to work on his striking and striking defense if he wants to remain in the top of the crowded welterweight heap.
For Carlos Condit, what an incredible performance when it mattered most. With fellow top tier welterweights Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn fighting to a draw, he may have leapfrogged them into the #3 position in line for a title shot after Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.
He may not want to sit on the sidelines and wait so expect Condit to take one more high profile fight in which the winner is guaranteed a title shot. The only options available for that would be against Fitch or Penn. The only other option would be against top welterweight Anthony Johnson depending how he's recovering from his injury that forced him to withdraw from UFC on Versus 4 or even Diego Sanchez assuming he gets by Matt Hughes at UFC 135.
So what do you think Maniacs?
Did Condit do enough to earn the next shot at the title or is he still one fight away? If so, who should he fight next?