Carlos Condit openly wondered back in January if his defeat to then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 might be the swan song to his 15-year blended martial arts career.
And though Condit decided to in the long run jump back into the fray, the question of retirement cropped up once again on Saturday night , when in the throes of his first-round defeat to Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 21, the 32-year-old Condit owned up to the fact that the end of his fighting career may be approaching.
Condit (30-10) endured the fastest loss of his fighting profession at UFC on FOX 21, submitting to the jiu-jitsu superpower of Maia via rear-naked choke in less than two minutes. The loss worsen a career slip which has seen Condit go 2-5 over his consecutive seven fights since he was decorated the interim UFC welterweight champion , and even though he nearly captured the UFC title earlier this year, Condit confessed that retirement is one thing that has been in the back of his mind for a while now.
A victory over Maia could have likely launch Condit right back into the title conversation, but Maia never gave Condit the prospect.
The Brazilian took the battle to the floor within the starting seconds and then nailed Condit with a heavy punch from half guard that Condit confessed “rattled” him. From that point, Maia took Condit’s back and held the fight-ending choke, but the part that Condit seemed most stunned about is the fact he was so hurt by a relatively ordinary punch from half guard.
Condit currently moves back into an already congested pack of welterweight contenders. Bearing in mind the logjam at the top of the division, as well as the potential return of wealthy fighters like Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre, it might take a decent soar for his name to come back to title contention.
Nevertheless, Condit is also among the most celebrated finishers the game has ever seen, and even at age 32, “The Natural Born Killer” continues to be one of the strongest outs in the welterweight division.