It was a rough night (Sat., Aug., 27, 2016) for former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Carlos Condit as he quickly lost to Demian Maia via first-round submission at UFC on FOX 21 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Condit had previously lost to Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 this past January.
With little to no chance to unload his patented striking opposite Maia at UFC on FOX 21, Condit's road to redemption was abruptly cut short following a quick takedown-to-submission by the Brazilian. The former WEC champion is undoubtedly one of the best 170-pound fighters in the world today, but "The Natural Born Killer" continues to be hard on himself after another crushing Octagon defeat.
"I don't know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore," said Condit during the UFC on FOX 21 post-fight press conference. "The pressure of being one of the top guys for almost a decade it's been awesome. I've loved to been involved with the sport at the time that I have and have gotten to do what I love for a living for a long period of time, but I don't know if I belong here anymore."
Pretty harsh for a guy widely considered one of the most skilled fighters in the game. But popularity and communal praise don't seem to be two things capable of swaying Condit's mind.
"It has definitely been in the back of my mind for a while now," added Condit when asked if he had this feeling of not belonging and oncoming retirement coming into UFC on FOX 21. "It's been a long career and I think there comes a point in every fighter's career that they have to kind of question how long they're going to continue to do that and I've been doing that for a little while."
For what it's worth, few people are able to get of trouble when wrapped up in the skilled arms of Maia. If Condit decides to continue fighting, there will certainly be a place for him within the division's top 10.
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