Carlos ConditVideo clip Score: 3 / five
Former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit has offered his opinion on the upcoming title match between the reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and the number one contender Johnny Hendricks and according to The Natural Born Killer, GSP is the hands down favorite to take the win and defend his title for the ninth time running.
Condit suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the champion when he returned to the Octagon after spending almost two years on the sidelines while nursing an ACL injury and although he dropped the champion during their bout, Rush’s will to win and his immense prowess in all forms of martial arts tilted the match in his favor. The American next took on Hendricks last month and in one of the most exciting matches in recent history in the division, suffered another narrow defeat thanks to Hendricks’s background as a wrestler.
And although Georges St. Pierre had trouble defeating Nick Diaz on the same night, Carlos Condit believes the Canadian just has too much in his arsenal to not win the championship bout against Hendricks. The opinion of Condit is something that one should seriously take into account as he has fought both of them in the space of six months and is in the perfect position to comment.
According to Carlos Condit, GSP is one of the most polished fighters he has seen in recent times in the UFC. He mentioned that Hendricks is also dangerous but admitted that he is much like a rough diamond and his whole game lacks the sheen that GSP boasts of. He mentioned that GSP is a much technical fighter and he is extremely sharp and he believes that is what will make the difference between the two when they meet.
Carlos ConditVideo clip Rating: two / 5
He was being considered as the next big thing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC as well as in Mixed Martial Arts as a whole during a large part of 2011 and 2012, but since then, the career of former interim UFC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit has been on a downward spiral somewhat. At a point when it seemed his challenge for the UFC Welterweight Championship was inevitable, it just faded away into oblivion.
In the absence of the reigning of UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, Condit was the one who kept the division going in the absence of true star names and the tantrums of Josh Koscheck. But since he suffered that loss at the hands of Rush in his return to the Octagon in the unification match for the UFC Welterweight Championship, Carlos Condit seems to have lost the plot. Even after losing the match, he was expected to get a rematch for the title shot but the UFC had other plans in store for him.
Condit was given the task of overcoming Johnny Hendricks at UFC 158, no mean feat considering Hendricks was on a run of five consecutive wins and three straight wins against a competitor in the top five. And he dropped the fight to Hendricks, thus, giving Hendricks a chance to fight for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
But here, one can ask the question what is next for Carlos Condit? He could stay on and slog it out against the likes of Nick Diaz, Josh Koscheck and Jake Ellenberger and try and get back to the contender position. Or, as many people have been speculating, he could even drop down a weight class and challenge for the title in Lightweight or even in Featherweight, depending on what the UFC decides for him.
Carlos ConditOnline video Score: 4 / 5
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC president Dana White has revealed that even a win for Johnny Hendricks over Jake Ellenberger will not guarantee him a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship currently held by Georges St. Pierre.
Speaking at the media call for UFC 158, White stated that the promotion is basically putting together a tournament for the Welterweight title. He stated that the main event on the fight card will obviously be the title showdown between the reigning champion St. Pierre and Nick Diaz while former UFC interim Welterweight champion Carlos Condit will take on Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger and Johnny Hendricks will go head to head against each other.
And instead of promising a title fight to any of those four fighters, White plans to step back and assess the performances of the four athletes on the night before deciding who will fight Rush for the title. And although Hendricks is still being considered as the front runner for the slot, White has refused to rule out the possibility of either Carlos Condit or Rory MacDonald leapfrogging him to get a shot at one of the most coveted championship belts in the promotion.
He stated that if Hendricks looks good and wins his fight against Ellenberger, he might get the shot, but nothing is guaranteed. Hendricks is currently on a streak of five wins and he was close to getting a shot at the title after his last fight.
But where Carlos Condit comes in is from the fact that he was one of the few fighters to have taken GSP to the edge in their UFC Welterweight Championship unification match at UFC 154 in November. And there is also the possibility of MacDonald, a teammate of Rush at TriStar to get a shot at his mentor.