A year ago, UFC welterweight Carlos Condit was still “interim champion” and on a five-fight winning streak including success against Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, and Nick Diaz. Today, Condit is looking to avoid the first three-fight skid of his career when he meets Martin Kampmann in the headlining tilt at UFC Fight Night 27.
Condit spoke about the unfamiliar situation in a recent interview with UFC.com where he admitted MMA was a fickle business and no fighter’s future was guaranteed, at least in terms of employment under the UFC banner.
“Martin and myself are both on shaky ground. We’re both exciting fighters, and we are both staples of the welterweight division, but it’s a crazy game and you never know. We are all one or two fights away from getting a pink slip. It could go really well for the winner and kind of bad for the loser. I’m ready to get in there and get it finished, but I’m ready to earn my money that night. I’m ready to go all 25 minutes if need be.
“He’s definitely improved. I see massive improvements he’s made when I watch his fights and watch tape on him. I know that I’ve improved on a lot of different levels. There is the back story of the close split decision fight. There is the fact we are both coming off losses and this could be a do-or-die fight for either of us. But put that aside, and we are both hungry, fiery fighters who always come to fight and the combination of all those things I believe is going to make for a really exciting fight.”
On the match-up:
“I’m absolutely ready. I’ve been working really hard for this fight and I’ve had an amazing camp. I can’t wait to go in there and show what I’ve been working on and just throw down. I want to show the fans what a fight is – what an exciting fight is – like I always do, and ultimately walk away with the win.
“Our history is definitely motivation going into this fight. He put a halt to an eight fight winning streak I had going on. It was my UFC debut and I lost a really close split decision. It hasn’t haunted me, but it has definitely been in the back of my mind as something I want to rectify and I want to get my vengeance against him.”
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