Former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title challenger (and interim champion), Carlos Condit, attempted to return from a self-imposed, 16-month hiatus from mixed martial arts (MMA) tonight (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The extended layoff, though, appeared to be too much to overcome, dropping a unanimous decision to No. 12-ranked contender, Neil Magny, to open up the pay-per-view (PPV) action.
Condit simply could not get much of anything going — Magny pressured him for 15 full minutes. When the pair would tie up, Magny would win the clinch battles and dump “The Natural Born Killer” on his back. Condit attempted to work off his back, angling for submissions and whatnot, but Magny was too smart and well-trained to get caught up in anything precarious.
Heading into the third round Condit’s corner implored him to let it all hang out — he was down two rounds on the judges scorecards. Condit dialed up his attack, but it was too little, too late. Magny continued to coast despite the uptick in Condit’s offensive pressure, settling for a clear unanimous decision win (30-27x2, 29-28).
In his post-fight interview, Magny called for a Top 5-ranked opponent to kick-off 2018. Condit is certainly a very nice feather in his cap, but he might need to do a little more work to crack the upper echelon of the sport. Condit, meanwhile, has lost three straight bouts and four of his last five. He has not fought a single chump during that stretch, but it seems as though his best days are behind him.