Despite the brutality of the battle, the pain of defeat likely hurts more today than any physical damage UFC welterweight Carlos Condit is dealing with. The talented 28-year old waited nine months for an opportunity to unify his interim title with linear champion Georges St-Pierre’s belt last night at UFC 154 and even came close to winning, landing a perfectly placed headkick sending GSP down to the mat. However, in the end it was St-Pierre who came away with the win thanks to an unstoppable stream of takedowns and technical prowess on top.
One thing softening the blow for Condit is the comfort of knowing he did everything he could in the clash, not cracking under the pressure of St-Pierre’s attack and capitalizing on every opening he saw.
“I would have liked a different outcome but I left it all in the cage. I fought to the best of my ability tonight,” said Condit in a post-fight interview with Fuel TV.
Rather than reacting too emotionally, Condit kept things in perspective, pointing to both the caliber of opposition he was facing combined with a genuine belief the loss will help him grow as a fighter.
“Georges is one of the best guys to have ever gotten in the Octagon. He showed why tonight,” explained Condit, later stating, “Obviously I have some improvements (to make) but this is the kind of fight you learn from.”
The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for Condit and was only his second stumble since July 2006.