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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Carlos Condit after submission loss to Demian Maia?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC on FOX 21 went down last Saturday night (Aug. 27, 2016) from inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

For complete coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 21 :Condit vs. Maia" fight card click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Charles Oliveira, who was forced to tap to a slick guillotine courtesy of Anthony Pettis after a hard-fought affair (recap).

And Bec Rawlings, who was absolutely wrecked by Paige VanZant and her Karate Kid impersonation (relive it again here).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now 48 hours removed from the show?

Carlos Condit.

After losing to Robbie Lawler in an instant championship classic at UFC 195 earlier this year via split decision, "The Natural Born Killer" wasn't too sure he wanted to keep fighting again. In fact, he long proclaimed it would take a big fight or another chance at the strap to lure him back.

Enter Demian Maia.

While the submission wizard isn't the champion, he is one of the hottest fighters in the welterweight division, going into his bout against Carlos on a five-fight win streak in the highly-competitive division. And though Carlos had all the respect in the world for Demian as a fighter, he admitted prior to their showdown that he wasn't "the most exciting" competitor in the division.

All it took was two minutes for Maia to show him that indeed he's "dominant" when it counts, forcing the former interim title holder to tap early in the opening frame (see it again here). And it wasn't even competitive, as Maia proved once again his ground game is second-to-none.

And it's a big statement for Maia, too, as Carlos hadn't been finished inside the eight-walled cage in over a decade.

The loss was a devastating one for Condit, who admitted after the fight that perhaps he didn't have the chops to take on and compete with the best MMA has to offer. A brave statement from a fighter who has long been known as one of the toughest and most fierce competitors in all of MMA.

But, it's also a breath of fresh air to hear a fighter admit he knows when his time in the sport is up. Carlos is now 2-5 in his last seven bouts, losing to the best-of-the best along the way including the aforementioned Lawler, Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks and current division champion, Tyron Woodley.

A murderer's row, if you will.

If this truly is the end for Condit after 14 years in the hurt business, he leaves behind lasting memories in the sport going back to his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) days, where he was the last man to hold the 170-pound title, defending it three times before the company was absorbed into UFC.

Despite longing to be called the one and only UFC welterweight champion, Condit can also take pride in holding the interim strap with an earlier win over Nick Diaz.

He may not have gone out on top, but at least he was a big enough man to admit that enough is indeed enough.