by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
On Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit defended his WEC welterweight title for the first time. He defeated the highly regarded Brock Larson by submission when he pulled off an armbar in the first round of their match-up.
For Condit, this is just another win in a series, solidifying him amongst the best 170lb fighters in the world.
Condit spoke to MMAWeekly Radio less than 24 hours removed from his victory over Larson and was still feeling the effects of such a defining win in his career.
“I’m on top of the world,” said Condit about the victory.
Going into the bout with Larson, many speculated that this would be a classic grappler vs. striker fight with Condit hoping to stand with the strong wrestler from Minnesota, but it was the ground where the New Mexico native picked up his win.
The gameplan, Condit says, went just as planned.
“I expected him to be real aggressive and be strong and he was, but I was able to capitalize on one of his mistakes.”
The armbar that Condit locked onto Larson was outstretched and looked fully extended for quite some time before his opponent finally submitted to the hold. Condit had no intention of letting go until the fight was stopped.
“If he didn’t tap, I was going to render him useless in there,” said Condit.
When Condit spoke to MMAWeekly Radio just prior to the fight, he quoted former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes when saying that a champion is made when he defends his belt. Condit feels after defeating Brock Larson and defending his title for the first time, he’s just achieved the biggest win to date of his young career.
“Winning the title was awesome,” said Condit. “It’s a benchmark in your career winning your first title. Going into this fight against this opponent who is as tough as probably any guy I’ve ever fought, this one was probably more satisfying.”
Now Condit will head back to training in New Mexico and await his next opponent. Whoever it may be will definitely have their hands full with the “Natural Born Killer.”
Be sure to check out the post fight video with WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit in the member’s section along with the radio archive to hear the entire interview with the champ following his victory over Brock Larson.