Condit: Knee is not off limits, hopes to finish GSP
UFC Interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit appeared on the Nov. 13 installment of “UFC Tonight” and discussed Saturday’s main event with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
St-Pierre is coming off a year break from fighting, due to a knee injury, surgery, and rehab.
The two are both members of Jackson’s MMA, but discounted the significance, as they have not trained to together.
I have been around Georges a little while he’s been training,” said Condit. “But not a whole lot. We haven’t ever sparred together. It’s not really an advantage for either one of us.”
“Georges is such a dynamic fighter. He is an incredible athlete. He is a powerful, explosive guy. Between takedowns and strikes, there is a lot to deal with.”
“I really feel like Georges is the undisputed champion. He has been so dominant in the division for the last several years, he has been undefeated and until someone defeats him, he is the champion.”
Condit was asked directly of he though GSP’s knee is fair game.
“Yeah man, I think so,” said Condit. “If someone in the cage, you can’t say ‘hey man that is off limits.’ There are no time outs, there are no substitutions.”
“I wouldn’t say that I’ve been leg kicking any more or less than before,” Condit added.
“I’ve really made a point to work on my overall athletic ability. I’m really working hard on my strength and conditioning. I’ve filled in some holes in my game I knew I would need to fix before I fight Georges. I’ve trained with some of the best guys in the world on a daily basis, and it’s not a fight, but it’s pretty close. I’m really not too concerned.”
“This fight is something I have been working toward for 10-12-15 years since I first started competing, and not even competing but training in mixed martial arts. This is a dream of mine. To fight GSP for the title in his home town for the undisputed belt is both surreal and an opportunity of a lifetime.”
When asked how he planned to win, Condit was succinct.
“Through hard work and hopefully a finish over one of the biggest stars in the sport.”