33-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 30-10-0
October 5, 2017 Carlos Condit News
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Condit will return to the Octagon to face Neil Magny in a welterweight matchup at UFC 219 on Dec. 30.
Condit will enter the Octagon on New Year's Even weekend having not fought in a UFC bout since Aug. 2016. "The Natural Born Killer" had briefly retired following a loss to Demian Maia that abruptly put an end to another prospective title run, but the time off won't be too long. He'll now draw Magny, a fighter who has lost two of his last three, but also an opponent that will own a tremendous height and reach advantage. Magny has struggled against the elite welterweights in the UFC -- a class that Condit had once been in prior to retirement. This matchup will prove a good gauge of how much the 33-year-old Condit has left in the tank.
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Fantasy AnalysisCondit has long been considered one of the best welterweights in the world, and at 33 years old, there should still be plenty left in the tank. Although he exited the UFC with a 2-5 record in his last seven bouts, each of those defeats were to former champions or title contenders. He'll now look to be booked for a fight more than a year after his last appearance under the UFC banner -- a submission loss to Demian Maia, who later went on to challenge champion Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title (and lost). There are many matchups for Condit that hold high drawing power, some of which include a Robbie Lawler rematch, a showdown with Rafael dos Anjos after his move to welterweight, or even a bout with up-and-comer Mike Perry.
Fantasy AnalysisCondit stated in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Brian Stann that he is unsure what his next move will be. It was basically exactly what he said following his loss to Robbie Lawler in January. The difference between that fight and this fight was that this was the first time in Condit's storied UFC/WEC career that he simply wasn't competitive. He fought off an early takedown attempt from Maia for a few seconds, but the Brazilian managed to eventually force him to the mat and it was easy pickings from there. Maia is as talented a mat specialist as there is in the world, but Condit made it stunningly easy for him to take his back. He hung on for as long as he could, but he was about to lose consciousness and he was finally forced to tap out. It was the fourth time in Condit's career that he was submitted and the first time in more than a decade. It was highly doubtful that Condit would retire following a very strong effort against Lawler, but it seems more reasonable after he laid an egg here.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was reported that Condit seriously considered retirement following his split decision loss to Robbie Lawler in January, but he is still at the top of his game and it was always an unlikely outcome. It's crazy to think that Condit is just 2-4 in his last six fights dating back to November 2012, but he is fighting much better than those numbers would lead you to believe. He figures to have a significant power and speed advantage on the feet, so it would be in his best interest to try to keep this fight on the feet.
Fantasy AnalysisCondit will look to get back on track in the division following a January 2016 loss to current champion Robbie Lawler, and he'll have to do so against a skilled submission specialist that has won five straight UFC bouts. Submission defense will be one of the main focus points of Condit's camp, as his best chance in this matchup will likely be if the fight stays on the feet. As a former WEC and UFC champion, Condit represents a skilled adversary in one of the promotion's deepest divisions. A win on a big stage like this would give Condit a reasonable claim to another welterweight title shot, but he'll probably have to wait in line behind Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson for this opportunity.
Fantasy AnalysisFighters often say crazy things right after a tough loss, but Condit doesn't have the reputation of saying random, meaningless things. Specifically Condit said that he will "have to see if I can continue to do this." Ultimately, it would be a surprise if Condit decided to retire while he was still fighting at such a high level and worked so hard to come back from major knee surgery, but stranger things have happened. Either way, don't expect to see Condit back in the octagon anytime soon.
Fantasy AnalysisMan, what a war. It's rare these days that you watch a title fight and have no idea who won, but that was the case here. Condit nearly stole this one due to his output. He attempted an insane 504 total strikes, compared to just 177 for Lawler. Condit was throwing punches and kicks from every angle and he did a good job for the most part of avoiding power shots from Lawler. Condit likely would have won if the judges viewed the fight as a whole, but these things are done on a round-by-round basis. Still, Condit should be awfully proud of his performance. He's always in great shape, so that was no surprise, but his output after going under major reconstructive knee surgery not all that long ago was remarkable. Condit is clearly one of the three or four best welterweights in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisSpending the better part of the last two years recovering from major reconstructive knee surgery, Condit has only fought once since March 2014, an easy TKO win over Thiago Alves in May. Condit is the former interim UFC welterweight champion and the former WEC welterweight champion. Already 31-years old and with a lot of MMA miles under his belt, this may be Condit's last realistic chance at recapturing UFC gold.
Fantasy AnalysisGood news for "The Natural Born Killer". It looked like a thumb injury suffered by Lawler would end up costing Condit a title shot, but since he will only miss a month's worth of action, Condit will get his chance to bring home the UFC welterweight title in the fairly near future. It should be a terrific fight.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's a terrible break for Condit. Many people felt he wasn't deserving of a title shot at this time and now he won't get one. Never one to turn down a fight, Condit doesn't seem like the kind of guy who is willing to sit around and wait if Lawler is going to be out for an extended period of time. There should be more clarification regarding his future in the coming days.
Fantasy AnalysisCondit underwent reconstructive knee surgery roughly a year ago, but returned with an impressive knockout victory (doctor's stoppage) against Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night on May 30. He's 31 years old and has a 30-8 professional record, but a win here would be a major upset. If the Natural Born Killer can pull it off, he'd likely see either Rory McDonald or the winner of the Tyron Woodley/Johny Hendricks bout in his first title defense. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Fantasy AnalysisAn elbow in the second round rearranged Alves' nose and the doctor wouldn't allow him to come back out for round 3. One look at Alves' nose (it was up near his eyebrow) will tell you that it was a good stoppage. Condit started a bit slow but he really turned it on in round 2. It was a very impressive return for a guy who underwent major reconstructive knee surgery less than a year ago. No one works harder than Condit, so the successful return certainly wasn't a surprise. He's easily one of the five best welterweights in the world.