At a time when more and more fighters are starting to play it safe in the cage, it's good to have Carlos Condit back. The "Natural Born Killer" is reknown for his gameness and aggression, which is set to be on display when he fights fellow welterweight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.
A win would propel him right back into the title conversation, which is interesting because he and 170 pound champ Tyron Woodley have already had words. The two fought back at UFC 171 in 2014, but a knee injury halfway through the second round ended the fight. During an interview on the MMA Hour, Condit said Woodley isn't currently on his mind too much.
"I’m really looking at small, incremental things right now," he said. "That’s big picture, but for now it’s really just getting back in fight shape, getting firing on all cylinders, getting my weapons sharp again, that’s my thought process and my priority.”
But he did admit he'd seen Tyron's recent performances and understood why fans aren't too impressed.
“I can definitely see where the critics are coming from,” Condit said. “We’re athletes but we’re also entertainers, people by the pay-per-view to be entertained. That’s part of this. This is show business. I know that winning is super important and a gameplan is super important, but at some point you have to, this is the hurt business and you gotta to try to put your opponent out.”
“You know he’s obviously a super talented dude. I did watch the last fight against Maia. I felt like he at a time where he could he really could have turned it on and tried to finish, he didn’t.”
With a 2-4 record since losing to champion Georges St-Pierre back in 2012, here's hoping Condit can still turn it on himself and get back into the welterweight mix.