A year ago, UFC welterweight Carlos Condit was still â€œinterim championâ€ 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 fighterâ€™s future was guaranteed, at least in terms of employment under the UFC banner.
â€œMartin and myself are both on shaky ground. Weâ€™re both exciting fighters, and we are both staples of the welterweight division, but itâ€™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. Iâ€™m ready to get in there and get it finished, but Iâ€™m ready to earn my money that night. Iâ€™m ready to go all 25 minutes if need be.
â€œHeâ€™s definitely improved. I see massive improvements heâ€™s made when I watch his fights and watch tape on him. I know that Iâ€™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.â€
On the match-up:
â€œIâ€™m absolutely ready. Iâ€™ve been working really hard for this fight and Iâ€™ve had an amazing camp. I canâ€™t wait to go in there and show what Iâ€™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.
â€œOur 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 hasnâ€™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.â€
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