After coming up short in his bid to capture the welterweight title against Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 earlier this year (recap here), Carlos Condit broke a few hearts by revealing he was considering retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Aside from the close loss, Condit recently revealed on The MMA Hour that personal family health problems are also weighing on him, which is why he is okay with taking some time off from the hurt business.
Still, "The Natural Born Killer" isn't calling it a day just yet, as he says he's unsure what the future holds for him, but did admit that an instant rematch against "Ruthless" is something he will definitely be up for.
"I do not have an official answer, no. I still love what I do, I still have a lot of fight left in me, but from a longterm perspective, I have to do what is right for my health and my family. Things have been difficult the last couple of years. My wife has had some health problems that are fairly major, and you know, these fights are super stressful. I absolutely love what I do. But I got to do what is right for my family. I am still weighing my options right now. Part of me is leaning toward retirement, but I think there are one ore two fights that would definitely get me interested and put me back into the cage. An immediate rematch with Lawler is about the only fight that raises my pulse. That I can get interested in. The rematch with Robbie, I would have bout agreement in my inbox quick and we can get it done. The other ones (against Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre) are a bit of a fantasy. I hadn't thought too much about the other ones, but those are big fights, big paydays. This is what I do for a living and I am trying to make money to support my family. And if the risk-to-reward ratio is there and looks good, it is something I will consider."
At just 31 years of age, Condit has now been in the fight game for nearly 15 years.
And when you take into consideration his fighting style is one that has landed him in brutal stand-up wars, the punishment he's taken could be taking its toll.
For now, Carlos will continue weighing his options and enjoy his time off while taking care of his loved ones. But if UFC officials want to see him back inside the Octagon anytime soon, they better get Robbie on line one as soon as possible.
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