Since defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 143 back on Feb. 4, 2012, to claim the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight title, Carlos Condit hasn't stepped foot inside the Octagon, opting to wait for Georges St. Pierre to heal up from his injuries to unify the 170-pound division titles.
Though he hasn't been competing, he has been fighting off criticism from media and rabid mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who want to see the strap defended instead of holding it hostage. After all, the majority consensus seems to be the sole purpose of an interim belt is to keep the division champion active.
Not one to fold under pressure, Condit stuck to his guns and played the waiting game.
That game will soon be over when "The Natural Born Killer" will finally get off the pine and take his crack at dethroning "Rush" from his welterweight throne at UFC 154 when the two champions collide on Nov. 17, 2012, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
"My goal in this sport is to be the best in the world and Georges St. Pierre is the best and has proven that time and time again. To be the best I have to beat Georges. I feel like I did the right thing in waiting for Georges. As far as how I used my time, there was a lot of things in my game that I felt I needed to improve on, constant improvement. When you feel like you know everything, that's when you plateau. Recently I've figured out there's a lot I don't know. I've been successful with thing that I learned eight years ago, and there's a whole new breed of techniques in training that's out there and I've been trying to incorporate that into my game as well as working on my strength and athleticism. Just putting in a lot of hours and work."
It remains to be seen if all the tweaks and hard work Condit made and put into his fight game will be enough to defeat a man who hasn't lost in nine straight fights and has only been stopped once in the past seven years. Not to mention, a fighter who has proven to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
St. Pierre, on the other hand, says he will be going into November's showdown as the challenger, looking to take the belt away from the champion.
Anyone think Condit's fine tuning to his MMA arsenal will be enough to take out one of the best fighters to ever step inside the Octagon? Or, will "GSP" return to his form after sitting on the sidelines for more than 1.5 years?