It’s been a brutal run lately in the UFC for “The Natural Born Killer”, Carlos Condit. A WEC veteran, Condit had fought in the UFC since April of 2009 after the WEC was bought by the UFC and its roster of fighters was absorbed.
With fourteen total bouts inside the UFC’s Octagon, Condit has become known as a fighter who has fought some of the biggest names at welterweight including former champions Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and also current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Add into the mix a number of welterweight standouts like Nick Diaz who he fought and defeated for the interim UFC welterweight strap, Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald and you can see that Condit has fought a veritable “who’s who” of the welterweight division.
Condit has been chasing a win in the UFC since the UFC 195 card on January 2nd, 2016. He has lost four fights in a row now and only won three fights in his last nine. At just thirty-three years of age, Condit still has time to fight if he so chooses, but with over forty professional mixed martial arts bouts to his name, should he?
It seems Condit himself is now asking that question after having been defeated at UFC on FOX 29 by Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira who stood in for Matt Brown after “The Immortal” was pulled from the card due to a leg injury. Oliveira managed to pull off a second-round guillotine choke on Condit after busting the welterweight veteran up on the feet.
Oliveira contends that he had to choke “The Natural Born Killer” out twice in order to get the tap out victory in the end. Condit supposedly went out of consciousness at one point during the choke before waking back up, forcing Oliveira to have to choke him again for the submission.
“Yeah, he went to sleep, and I changed grips on him, and he woke up, and I had to finish it, so I went and tightened it again,” Oliveira said via interpreter Alex Davis after his victory. “And then he tapped.”
“Yeah, if I stopped and the judges didn’t give me the victory, I had to put on the pressure,” he said. Oliveira would take home a Performance of the Night bonus for his stoppage of Condit, and now it looks like he may have been the final nail in the coffin on the career of a man who is now pondering whether the sport of mixed martial arts has begun to pass him by.
“I don’t know what’s next guys… I still love this game, and most days I still feel that fire, I absolutely love what it do, but maybe my time has passed. I don’t know the answer. this is what I know, this is my passion. I will never stop training, and If that leads me back to the octagon, you know I’ll try to make it bloody for ya,” he wrote in a post on Instagram earlier today.
We can only hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Carlos Condit, a man who has given so much to the sport of mixed martial arts since he made his professional debut all the way back in September of 2002.
Check out Carlos Condit’s full post regarding his possible retirement below and let us know if you think he’s going to hang the gloves up for good!
Post choke out, where the fuck am I , WTF happened, feeling kinda warm and fuzzy , hope I didn’t just piss my shorts on live TV , thousand yard stare. I’ve posted plenty of pictures looking like a Badass. Triumphant and powerful… But here’s the flip side, crumpled and weak in defeat. Rough day at the office 😐 Fuck it though, I had fun. I trained my ass off and I came to fight. This is what leaving it all out there looked like on Saturday. Much respect to my opponent and his team. Thank you for taking the fight on short notice. Congratulations and best of luck in the future. I don’t know what’s next guys… I still love this game, and most days I still feel that fire, I absolutely love what it do, but maybe my time has passed. I don’t know the answer. this is what I know, this is my passion. I will never stop training, and If that leads me back to the the octagon, you know I’ll try to make it bloody for ya. Right now I’m looking forward to summer shenanigans with my sons and to expanding @hundredhandscoffee .