by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It will be a fresh start for Carlos Condit when he gets back to action at UFC 115 in Vancouver.
An accident that led to a cut and a nasty staph infection while cleaning out his garage led to Condit missing his chance to fight in January, but the last ever WEC welterweight champion has been staying busy inside and outside of the fight game.
Becoming a father for the first time while also moving back to his home state of New Mexico and rejoining Greg Jackson’s fight team for the first time in several years, Condit is ready to show off all the hard work he’s been putting in.
Spending his last few fights at Arizona Combat Sports and working with the Lally brothers, Condit credits them for a great deal of what he’s learned. Now, he believes that coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn are putting the perfect recipe together with the new ingredients he’s been picking up during training.
“When I was in Arizona, I really had a chance to sharpen a lot of my tools, really work on my wrestling, learn a lot of new jiu-jitsu with the jiu-jitsu coach over there, Gustavo (Dantas), but now that I’m back here at Jackson’s I’m really being able to put it all together in kind of a cohesive strategy,” said Condit when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio.
He looks back on his fights while he was training in Arizona, and has nothing but good things to say about the training he received there, but also knows that something was missing when he stepped in the cage.
“In the fights that I did out there I think I was kind of just fighting, and just trying to utilize those tools, but I think the game planning is quite a bit different,” Condit commented.
Of course every fighter is different and there is no perfect right or wrong answer for what works, but Condit feels that having the best strategy and sticking to it is the way for him to fight his best in the UFC.
“I think we’re taking a more cerebral approach to this,” said Condit. “I think being more patient (than) definitely in the Martin Kampmann fight. I was a little bit impatient. I kind of wasn’t sticking to my game plan as much as I should’ve, and throughout this training camp we’ve really been emphasizing sticking to my game plan.
“Every time I spar the coaches are constantly telling me what they want to see, so I really think it’s going to show when I step out there on the 12th.”
Facing Condit in his return bout will be young Canadian prospect Rory MacDonald, who holds an undefeated record in MMA, and has fought some very tough opponents at only 20 years of age. Looking at the up and coming MacDonald, Condit sees a lot of himself from a few years ago, but also knows that with age comes experience.
“I think our skill sets are pretty similar. He’s got good stand-up, he’s more of a boxer whereas I’m more Muay Thai, and then his jiu-jitsu’s real good also,” stated Condit. “I think it’s a great match-up, but I think experience is going to be the deciding factor in this thing.”
A happy Carlos Condit, now settling into fatherhood, has found the perfect home for his family, and a perfect home for his training. Now it’s time to turn up the intensity, and remind everyone why he was one of the most feared welterweights in the game just a few months ago.
“I couldn’t be happier. This training camp is awesome. Like I said, honestly I feel great for this fight and I just feel confident in my corner, confident in my game plan, and I think I’m going to kick some ass on the 12th,” Condit said in closing.
Condit and MacDonald will kick off the pay-per-view for UFC 115 in Vancouver this weekend.