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Carlos Condit says he is going into his UFC 154 title fight against Georges St. Pierre this Saturday night "pressure free" because he isn't the one fighting in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal.
They say a man with nothing to lose is a very dangerous one.
To that end, Georges St. Pierre may be in a lot of trouble this Saturday night (Nov. 17, 2012) at UFC 154 when he steps into the Octagon for the first time in nearly 19 months to face Carlos Condit, a man who feels he fits the ‘nothing to lose' mold.
Condit, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, looks to dethrone "Rush" from the top of the 170-pound mountain to claim the official title and raise his stock in the process. With GSP getting the home field advantage, so to speak, "The Natural Born Killer" sees that as a disadvantage because fighting in your backyard in front of all of your family and friends adds a lot of extra pressure for the hometown hero.
And for that, Carlos is thankful he won't have any extra heat on him to perform in front of his own peeps, which will allow him to just have "fun" and "shine" in the biggest fight of his career.
He said as much in a recent conversation with MMA Weekly:
"I have nothing to lose. He's out there, he's got his friends, his family, everybody's watching, he's in his hometown, I feel like all the pressures on him. I can just go out there and shine. It's a very familiar role. I've found myself in this position time and time again throughout my career, and I really think that I thrive as the underdog, I don't have a lot to lose, I don't feel a lot of pressure. I can go out there and just have fun, do what I came to do, which is fight. When you have the belt and you have all the success, sometimes you're not as hungry as you were when you were the young up and comer trying to make your mark in the sport. I think that has something to do with it."
Pressure or not, Condit will still have his hands full with a very motivated St. Pierre, who looks to show the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that he indeed is back to full form and intends to remind everyone, despite his extended absence from the fight game, he still knows what to do what he does best, and that's fight.
Losing the "hunger" won't be a problem for the French-Canadian, who sees himself as the challenger trying to take the belt away from Condit in this title unification match.
What's your take? Will Condit's "pressure free" mindset allow him to go into this fight against St. Pierre much looser, therefore opening up his all-around diverse and dangerous striking game that we have seen in the past?
Could that spell bad news for "Rush?"