Carlos Condit will finally make his return to the UFC’s Octagon.
Fight fans were left unsure if they’d ever see Carlos Condit back in the Octagon again after his devastating first-round loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016. Condit, himself, seemed skeptical about his future in the sport. After the fight, which took less than two minutes, Condit told reporters “I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore”.
Well, over a year later Condit will have the opportunity to test that notion as he faces #12 ranked Neil Magny at UFC 219. Magny, who is also coming off a first-round submission loss, is looking to regain his momentum in the welterweight division and find his way back into the top #10. This fight will likely be an upright battle as both fighters will aim to keep it standing. Condit and Magny have similar styles; they are tall and long and utilize every weapon in their arsenal throwing knees, kicks, and elbows. Condit, never known to shy away from a brawl, will find a more than suitable opponent in Magny. If vintage Condit shows up, this one has all the ingredients to be a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
Will the Condit that finished Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy show up? The one that took legendary George St. Pierre the distance in his prime? Or will we see “The Natural Born Killer” who stalks his opponent and dishes out damage as well as he takes it? Or, will we see a fighter who is past his prime and has retirement in the back of his mind?
Here at The Body Lock, we hope for the former.
Regardless of the results of UFC 219, many will argue that Condit is one of the best fighters to have never been champion. The battles he’s waged in the octagon and his will to win cannot be questioned. He’s not a champion on paper, but he is one of the best welterweight’s of all time.