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| | UFC 120 winner Condit eyes Kampmann-Shields winner, open to St-Pierre matchup
UFC 120 winner Condit eyes Kampmann-Shields winner, open to St-Pierre matchup | MMAjunkie.com
LONDON – UFC welterweight contender and former WEC champion Carlos Condit (26-5 MMA, 3-1 WEC) is often a man of relatively few words. |
Quite simply, one doesn't earn the "Natural Born Killer" moniker by waxing poetic following key victories.
But while Condit's clips are often brief, he's generally direct. Such was the case following what he says was the biggest win of his career – a first-round knockout of British slugger Dan Hardy in the co-main event of Saturday's UFC 120 event in London.
"This was definitely the biggest fight of my career," Condit told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "Fighting on the co-main, fighting Dan pretty much in his backyard and at The O2 arena, this is the biggest win of my career so far."
Condit used his slight reach advantage to baffle and a bevy of punches and kicks "The Outlaw" throughout the first round. Condit was just a touch quicker throughout the 4 minute and 27 second contest, and Hardy never looked truly comfortable as he tried to exchange.
The end came as both fighters fired powerful hooks to the chin. Condit's landed first and flush, and Hardy dropped to the canvas. Two more shots came on the floor, and Hardy was out cold.
"I just felt like my timing was on tonight," Condit said. "I just felt very crisp, and I was able to walk away with the victory."
For Hardy, the loss was his second-consecutive defeat, and both came at the hands of a Greg Jackson's MMA fighter. Condit's teammate, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was awarded a unanimous-decision win over Hardy after a five-round fight at March's UFC 111 event.
Condit said the benefit of having a lead trainer who was coaching against Hardy for a second time was immeasurable.
"I think it helped immensely," Condit said. "I'm obviously not the same fighter. I don't have the same style or attributes that 'GSP' does, so we had a different approach to the fight. But having a coach who just recently trained a guy to fight Dan was definitely beneficial."
As with any fighter coming off of an impressive win over a top-tier opponent, the immediate question for both Condit and UFC president Dana White was, "What's next?"
Condit said he's eyeing a potential matchup with the winner of next week's UFC 121 contest between Martin Kampmann and Jake Shields. Both men have defeated Condit in prior competition, and the 26-year-old wants a chance to avenge at least one of those results.
"I'm definitely looking forward to seeing who wins that fight between Kampmann and Shields," Condit said. "I fought both those guys, and I had decisions to both of them. I'd like to maybe get one of those losses back."
White has already suggested that a Shields win would likely result in an immediate title shot for the former Strikeforce champ. But if Kampmann wins, or if the winner of the December 170-pound championship fight between St-Pierre and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 12" coach Josh Koscheck is sidelined with injuries following the contest, Condit might be able to slide in.
Of course, should stars align in just the right way, Condit could wind up earning himself a title shot against his Greg Jackson's MMA teammate, St-Pierre. While Condit admits that would create a few issues that would need to be addressed, he refused to rule out the possibility.
"As far as 'GSP' being a teammate over at Jackson's, we've never really discussed it very much," Condit said. "I think it would be foolish of me to turn down an opportunity like that, but I guess we just have to discuss that when we get to that juncture.
"It does pose some problems, I guess, but if it happens, it happens."
White, who has struggled over the years with understanding why various teammates across the sport have ruled out potential matchups, openly applauded Condit's declaration – with actual clapping as well as high verbal praise.
"Finally," White said. "I'm tired of guys that don't want to fight each other. Just because you train together, you don't want to fight each other?
"It's not personal. It's business."
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