UFC welterweight fighter Carlos Condit is coming from a first-round defeat at the hands of Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert, Demian Maia, which may be a signal that his MMA career is already past its prime.
Condit, who was already mulling retirement earlier this year, may be at a crossroads once again losing two in a row, and winning only two of his last seven fights.
After losing via split decision to current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 in January, Condit had been vocal about considering retirement saying “there’s a possibility that (UFC 195) might be my last one. We’ll see.” after their headlining match.
But Condit came back for one more fight at UFC on Fox 21, which unfortunately ended up adding another L to his fifteen-year MMA career. On top of that, this was his fastest loss, tapping out early in round one from a rear-naked choke, prompting the UFC fighter to question his career, once more.
“It’s been a long career and I think there comes a point in every fighters’ career that they have to kind of question how long they’re going to continue to do that,” Carlos Condit said during the post-fight press conference.
“And I’ve been doing that for a little while. It wasn’t my night tonight. I don’t know if that’s going to be the swan song for me. Hopefully not. I would hate to go out on a loss like this. I would’ve at least liked to have got in there and put on an exciting show like I usually do. But yeah, I don’t know what’s in the cards. I’m leaning towards probably, possibly being done.”
Condit now moves down a notch in the UFC rankings, behind a very packed and talented line of title contenders. The rumored return of Georges St-Pierre and comeback of sure money-maker Nick Diaz, also pose more challenges in terms of his climb up the UFC rankings ladder.
And it may seem that the “Natural Born Killer” has almost had enough, signaling fatigue from all the fights that he has been through in his illustrious career.
“Honestly, I’ve had a tough career with a lot of fights and I’ve taken a lot of punishment,” he said. “And I don’t know if I can continue to take shots, honestly.”
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