Carlos Condit has experienced the thrill of wearing UFC gold.
Condit, a former interim UFC welterweight champion, will meet Demian Maia Saturday night in the main event of UFC on FOX 21 from Vancouver.
For “The Natural Born Killer,” a win over the red-hot Maia should be enough to warrant his shot at the belt again. Condit lost a split decision to then-champion Robbie Lawler earlier this year.
“I felt like I deserved it after the Lawler fight,” said Condit, during an appearance on UFC Tonight. “To beat a guy who’s on a run like Maia has been on, would get me the shot.”
Condit admitted that retirement was discussed between himself, his family and his coaches, but ultimately, the passion to compete returned.
“I’ve been at this for a long time and I got to look at some other things I can do to make a living,” he said. “I can’t fight forever. But I still have a little bit of time left. I love what I do, so I decided to give it a little more time.”