Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Carlos Condit, who held the 170-pound strap for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), has been hovering at the top of the division for the past couple of years.
What kept him from going all the way, was his inability to neutralize good wrestling.
That's an aspect of his overall game "The Natural Born Killer" wants to improve before he makes his return to the Octagon, which could be as early as August, if UFC has its way, but may not be until September, according to manager Malki Kawa.
From his conversation with MMA's Great Debate Radio:
"There actually is a fight on the radar. The UFC has been talking about a fight for Carlos Condit, but Carlos right now at this moment is looking to improve his wrestling. He's really concentrating on that a lot. I think his timetable is September, and I think the UFC wants him to come back and fight some time in August. So we'll see what happens, I think right now he really wants to perfect his wrestling."
Better late than never.
Condit was turned away by division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154 last year in Montreal, and followed up that defeat with a unanimous decision loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 158 a few months later. In both contests, the Albuquerque native was taken down at inopportune times, costing him valuable points in the process.
What kind of force would Carlos Condit be if he was able to stop the takedown?
We may find out in September.