The stage was set: January 2006.
It was the beginning of the Rumble on the Rock 8-man 175lb tournament. The names on the list read like a who’s who of former and current top MMA competitors. Anderson Silva, Frank Trigg, Renato “Charuto” Verissimo, and the two men who made it to the finals – Jake Shields and Carlos Condit.
Fast forward to 2010, where Condit and Shields both occupy spots in the UFC’s welterweight division. Shields was the prize free agent acquisition for the UFC recently, and he will make his Octagon debut at UFC 121 against Martin Kampmann in the co-main event on the card. Condit is just days away from his own co-main event showdown with Dan Hardy in England at UFC 120.
The finale of the Rumble on the Rock tournament saw Shields get the best of Condit, winning by unanimous decision, which falls into the Cesar Gracie black belt’s unprecedented 14-fight win streak. While he has nothing but the best to say about Shields, Carlos Condit feels like there’s some unfinished business between the two welterweights.
“Yeah absolutely,” Condit answered when asked on MMAWeekly Radio if he’s like another shot at Shields. “I’ve been looking forward to getting a rematch with Jake ever since we had that fight. Got nothing but respect for Jake, but I’d definitely like to try to get that loss back.”
Condit has his sights only on one person right now and that’s Dan Hardy, but he knows a fight with Shields would accomplish much of the same goals he has at UFC 120 – get into title contention and give the fans a fight they want to see.
With all the recent talk about winning at all costs vs. putting on purely exciting fights, Condit believes he falls in the middle of that discussion whether it’s knocking out Dan Hardy or avenging a loss to Jake Shields.
“For me this fight kind of encompasses all of that,” Condit said about getting closer to a title shot while putting on an exciting fight as well. “Dan Hardy’s pretty far up there as far as the rankings and it’s going to be an exciting fight, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
Other names that have popped up recently in regards to the Hardy vs. Condit match-up include Chris Lytle, who was asked about fighting the winner of their fight and he sounded all too happy to accept.
Condit is excited to face whoever the UFC puts in front of him be it Shields, Lytle or someone else. He’s also flattered to know that so many people want to square off with him in the Octagon.
“I put on a good show no matter what,” stated Condit. “I take that as a compliment for sure.”
The first order of business for Condit is taking on Dan Hardy at UFC 120, and then following that fight he can definitely revisit the thoughts of a second shot against Jake Shields.