Return of the Natural Born Killer
Carlos Condit fought for 14 years. He also boxed professionally once, and kickboxed four times. He has never been knocked out or stopped due to strikes. However, he has been hit a lot. And he has been hit a lot more in practice. He was only hit once his last fight, a loss to Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 on August 27, 2016, but he said it rocked him.
At the post-fight press conference, Condit said he doesn’t know if he belonged in the Octagon anymore. His manager, Malki Kawa, appeared on Chael Sonnen’s You’re Welcome podcast, and explained Condit was concerned about head tauma.
“In reality, Carlos Condit has been in a lot of fights–he’s been doing this since he was 15 years old,” said Kawa, as transcribed by iJim Edwards for Flo Combat. “He’s suffered a lot of concussion. He’s one of the few fighters I have who goes in and checks his brain and checks the damage assessed and all that.
“He’s just looking at it like this–he took a hard shot from Maia and it caused him to like cradle up a bit and give him that position for him to lose and sink the rear-naked choke. The way I look at it is, if a fighter comes to me and says ‘Hey Malki, I don’t think I can take this much more damage, my head is the most important part of my body with my brain and I don’t think it can take any more damage’, I can’t argue with that.”
“Right now he’s just taking his time and thinking about it. … He’s going to review it, see how he feels and see’s whether or not he wakes up and stuff is going on. He’ll go get his head checked and see if his brain is perfectly fine, normal, and then maybe he may say I want one more fight.”
Condit has thought about it for over a year and apparently feels much recovered. At 33, he wants back in the Octagon. And the Octagon wants him.
— Sean Shelby (@seanshelby) September 20, 2017