“So far in my UFC career I haven’t been as dominating as I was in the past, so I was just trying to get back on track,” Condit explained when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “You’ve watched my career, you knew me back when I was fighting in Rumble on the Rock and stuff, and I was taking guys out in the first round back then. I haven’t been able to do that in my last couple fights, so I’m just showing people what they might have forgot.”
It was a harsh reminder that Dan Hardy had to live through, and now Condit believes he’s exactly where he wants to be. He’s back in the MMA Top 10 rankings, on the precipice of a major fight in the UFC’s welterweight division, which is what he’s been waiting for.
“In this fight, I felt as comfortable as I’ve ever felt in the cage,” said Condit. “I feel like I’m coming into my prime now. It’s now or never if I’m going to get that belt around my waist. I’m going to give it my best effort and train as hard as I can, and these next couple of fights will probably define my career.”
As far as who his next fight will be against, Condit’s not sure just yet, but a list of names including Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, and Martin Kampmann all could be viable candidates for the New Mexico based fighter. Fitch in particular is a match-up that intrigues Condit because of their stylistic differences.
“Any one of those guys you just named would be great,” Condit commented. “I think Fitch, that would be a great fight. I think his game plan would be similar to (GSP’s) game plan. Wrestler probably try to take me down, and if I could deal with that then that is maybe a marker for how I might do in a title match.
“I’d have to work my butt off, but I like a challenge.”
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