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Monday morning hangover: Is it time for Carlos Condit to retire?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC on FOX 29 blew the roof off Gila River Arena last Saturday night (April 14, 2018) in Glendale, Arizona.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Justin Gaethje, who was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in the fourth round of their headlining Lightweight showdown (see it again here). And Marvin Vettori, who came up just short of defeating Isreal Adesanya in a close split-decision loss (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now two days removed from the show?

Carlos Condit.

“The Natural Born Killer” was searching for his first win in two years as he signed on the dotted line to face off against Matt Brown at the UFC on FOX-televised event. But after “Immortal” suffered an unfortunate leg injury, Alex Oliveira stepped in to save the day.

And he made the most of it, defeating Condit in the second round of their co-main event scrap, busting him up and leaving him a bloody mess before sinking in a guillotine choke.

That is now four straight losses for Condit, which is a far cry from the days of a “Natural Born Killer” who once wore the interim UFC Welterweight strap and was one of the most exciting fighters in the game, winning one “Fight of the Night” award after another. Over the last five years, however, Condit has been on a decline, losing seven of nine including his last four contests.

Still, his competition has been far from tepid, taking on killers time and time again, including Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia and Johny Hendricks. But that’s what you get served on the regular when you’ve reached the top of the sport, and taking “easy” fights has never really been Condit’s style, anyway.

After ending his retirement to fight Neil Magny at UFC 219, Condit hoped to turn a new page on his combat career. Instead, he looked like a shell of his former self, and his bloody loss to Oliveira four months later was hard to watch

It clearly isn’t “The Natural Born Killer” of old.

And it’s tough to digest, really, as Carlos has always been a fan favorite who brings it night in and night out and never backs down from a fight, making his foes feel like they’ve been in an actual war.

Beginning his professional career in 2002, Condit has amassed a 30-12 record, and of those 42 fights, you can bet they were all bangers, as Carlos doesn’t really know any other way to fight. Is it the best for the long run? Who knows, but it worked for Condit for years.

Whether he retires for good after his latest loss remains to be seen. One thing is certain; if he does choose to walk away, there’s no shame in going out in defeat, it happens to the best of them. Still, he has firmly cemented his legacy in the sport, as he is one of the few remaining old school fighters who always walked the walk without having to talk the talk.