Streaking welterweight contender Carlos Condit is expecting to earn a 170-pound title shot by disposing of fellow division stalwart Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132: "Cruz vs. Faber 2" this Saturday night (July 2) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And if friend and training partner Georges St. Pierre is still the champion after defending against Nick Diaz at UFC 137, then so be it.
Condit (26-5) recently arrested British "Outlaw" Dan Hardy at UFC 120 last October to push his current win streak to three. In fact, the "Natural Born Killer" is 12-1 since 2006 with a staggering ten stoppages.
Prior to freeze-drying Hardy across the pond, the former WEC welterweight champion disposed of Rory MacDonald at UFC 115 after squeaking past Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 19 just a few months prior.
While he may not have yet convinced the court of public opinion, who are in no "Rush" to declare a new number one contender now that Diaz has filled the void, stifling Kim's wrestling on fight night will go a long way in further establishing his credibility as a legitimate threat to the Canadian crown.
And Condit tells MMA Fighting the door swings both ways:
"I've been on a tear and Dong Hyun Kim is an undefeated fighter. I think whoever wins this fight deserves a title shot. I wouldn't [have a problem fighting Georges St. Pierre], my goal is to get the UFC title belt around my waist and whoever has that belt is fair game."
Like Condit, Kim (14-0-1) has also been tearing up the Octagon in recent appearances, racking up points on the judge's scorecards en route to unanimous decision victories in his last three fights.
After outworking TJ Grant at UFC 100, "Stun Gun" stymied the efforts of Amir Sadollah (UFC 114) and Nate Diaz (UFC 125) with his suffocating top control and relentless takedowns.
Expect more of the same on July 2 -- just as you can expect Condit to be ready for it.
Alright Manics, let's hear it. Does the winner of Condit vs. Kim deserve a title shot? Or is how they win just as important as if they win?
Let's hear your choice for the next number one contender after Diaz.