Carlos Condit says he's not worried about the "devastating" leg kicks of his opponent in tonights UFC Fight Night 67 main event in Goiania, Brazil, vowing a return to the Welterweight title contender chase.
"It's going to be fast-paced and violent," Condit told MMA Fighting, adding he expects Thiago Alves to come out of the gate "guns blazing."
"Natural Born Killer" fielded several questions from reporters during open workouts in the Goiania Arena where the FOX Sports 1-televised event will take place later this evening.
Condit has been out of action for 14 months since suffering an ACL tear back at UFC 171 against Tyron Woodley, but told reporters he's been training non-stop since rehabilitating the knee.
"I've been completely focused on getting back in the cage and getting right back in the win column," he said, adding he never doubted a return to UFC. "Nope, never. This is what I do, I mean this is what I do for a living, this is how I pay my bills so there's no other option other than to come back and get right back in it."
The 31-year-old, who holds a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 29-8, refused to engage in trash talk against his opponent, saying Alves is a complete fighter with no weaknesses. But, Condit denied being worried about the leg kicks of the Brazilian, notorious for punishing opponents with his Muay Thai.
"I'd be concerned whether I was coming off a knee injury or not because he does have devastating leg kicks, but it's something that I'm ready for, something we've prepared for and I'm ready," he said.
"This fight will show that I haven't gone anywhere and that I belong in the running for the title."
When asked who he's picking to win in the upcoming Welterweight Championship showdown between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler, Condit said he's going with the Canuck.
"He's looked so good in his recent fights. In his first fight he was very conservative, but I think he's going to open up a little bit and I think he's going to take it."
In defeating Alves, the former Interim Welterweight Champion looks to rebound from a losing streak that has seen him drop three of his last four fights inside the octagon. He'd also like to avenge his loss to Woodley.
"Obviously that fight didn't go my way so that's definitely a rematch I'm looking toward."
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