What's up Maniacs?
Another bored Sunday So I thought I would do something different and write about a specific fighter.
Here is Carlos Condits career in a nutshell, who's a fan? Who isn't?
"The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit
-Age- 27 (April 26th, 1984 Albuquerque, New Mexico)
(13 (T)KO's, 13 Submissions, 1 Decision) (3 Submission losses)
-MMA Debut- September 6th, 2002
-Gym- Jackson's Submission Fighting
On February 4th Carlos Condit will be facing Stockton tough guy, Nick Diaz for the UFC Interim Welterweight Title. Condit has been a force in the UFC's welterweight division since 2009, making his debut against Martin Kampmann. He would lose that fight in a closely fought split decision.
Since that time he's gone 4-0 with 2 KO's and 1 TKO. 2 Knockout of the Night awards and 1 Fight of the Night award. But lets take a look at his progression from rookie to #1 contender.
Condit made his pro debut at Aztec Challenge 1 in Juarez, Mexico. He faced (at the time) 4-4 Nick Roscorla, defeating him by rear naked choke in just 52 seconds in the first round.
Condit would go on to be undefeated for almost two years, all finishes: 5 submissions, 2 TKOs, all within the first round.
Then faced (at the time) 11-1-1 Carlo Prater at Fightworld 2 on September 11th, 2004 in Carlos hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico in the main event of the night. He lost via triangle choke in the first round, bringing his record to 8-1. Condit wouldn't meet Prater again until 2008.
Condit would go on another 5 fight win streak, raking up 3 more KO's and an armbar submission. He would then make his Pancrase debut against (at the time) 12-6-8 Satoru Kitaoka on October 5th, 2005. He lost via heel hook in the first round
From there, Condit would fight only a month later, winning by KO against Ross Ebanez. He would go on a 3 fight win streak, including a win over former WFA Welterweight champion and UFC vet Frank Trigg by submission in the second round of the Rumble on the Rock Welterweight tourney. He would lose to Jake Shields by decision in the finals, his 3rd professional defeat.
This was followed by his forth defeat, to (at the time) 14-11 Pat Healy by rear naked choke in the third round on June 3rd, 2006. This is his only losing streak to date. Carlos didn't wait long after his loss to return to the cage, fight for Pancrase once again, defeating Koji Oishi by TKO on July 28th.
He fought for Pancrase twice more(both wins, one KO, one submission) before making his WEC debut against Kyle Jenson at WEC 25 on January 20th, 2007.
His next fight was his first crack at a major title. He fought and defeated John Alessio for the WEC Welterweight title. He won by rear naked choke at 4:59 of the second round.
Condit defended his title against Brock Larson four months later, winning by armbar.
He then defended his title against the first man to defeat him; Carlo Prater on February 18th, 2008.
Carlos defeated Prater by guillotine choke in the first round. He would defend his WEC title once more against Hiromitsu Miura in a Fight of the Night performance, winning by TKO in the 4th round.
His record at the time was 23-4, with only one decision in 27 pro fights.
He then made his ill fated UFC debut on April 1st, 2009 against Martin Kampmann. He lost in a close, split decision fight.
Since 2009, he's gone on a 4 fight win streak. Defeating Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim.
However, St. Pierre was injured and the fight didn't happen. And because of Diaz's performance of Penn, Diaz was given the shot at St. Pierre over Condit at UFC 143.
Condit was all set to put his title shot on the line against Josh Koscheck, but St. Pierre pulled out of his title fight against Diaz due to another knee injury.
Then it was announced that Diaz would fight Condit for the Interim title. That fight is than a month away.
Both are tall, rangy welterweights with good stand up and good ground skills. It has all the makings of a Fight of the Night if not a Fight of the Year possibility.
So Maniacs, who have you got and why? What's your predictions?
Best Damn Carlos Condit Highlight (via wayneisagook)