UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit knows that to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.
But if that “man” is named Georges St Pierre, everything becomes complicated.
On November 17 in Montreal at UFC 154 GSP will make his return after almost 20 months from his last match against Jake Shields at UFC 129.
On December 7, 2011, it was in fact revealed St-Pierre had sustained an ACL injury to his right knee, forcing him out of the bout with Nick Diaz. Diaz lost to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, in a fight for the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship.
“He’s the best in the world. He’s one of the best the sport has ever seen,” Condit admitted.
But if GSP is “the man”, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ is really great fighter: after losing by decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut – his only defeat since 2006 – Condit earned his way into the title unification bout with St-Pierre by winning five consecutive fights, including Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim (= Carlos Condit vs Dong Hyun Kim).
“It’s a huge fight with a lot of buzz surrounding it,” continued Condit, “Those are the kinds of fights that I want to be in.”
He says he is the best he’s ever been and knows that a victory could change his life: “I’m a different fighter each time I come out. Mentally, I’m in a good place. I’m on the precipice of achieving my life goal. I want to fight the best Georges and beat that guy.”
Event: UFC 154: St Pierre vs Condit
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Link to UFC 154 fight card
Video Carlos Condit pre-fight interview:
Video Georges St Pierre pre-fight interview: