by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
At virtually every WEC post fight press conference that involved welterweight champion Carlos Condit celebrating a win, the inevitable questions came from the media in attendance.
When are you going to go to the UFC? How do you think you’d do against the welterweights there?
The questions will finally be answered on April 1 as the WEC’s final 170-pound champion makes his long awaited UFC debut against Martin Kampmann to headline UFC Fight Night 18 on Spike TV.
Condit has been a mainstay in the welterweight rankings for the past two years. After clearing out the WEC’s 170-pound weight class, the New Mexico native will look to prove why there is so much hype around the “Natural Born Killer.”
UFC president Dana White commented recently in an interview that he is looking forward to Condit’s move to the Octagon. He’s excited to see what he can do against the best welterweights in the world.
“I think it’s exciting, it’s interesting,” White commented to MMAWeekly.com about Condit. “He’s been so dominant over at the WEC in that weight division and it’s going to be fun to see him come into the UFC and that’s a free fight on Spike. I’m actually excited about that fight, a lot of people are pumped for that.”
After winning the WEC title by defeating John Alessio, Condit went on to defend his title three times including wins over Brock Larson, Carlo Prater, and Hiromitsu Miura.
Now training at Arizona Combat Sports, Condit looks to make the same impact in the UFC’s welterweight division. White believes that he could be in title contention very soon.
“Definitely,” the UFC president responded when asked if Condit could get a title shot in his next few fights. “I think him coming over as the champ, we’ll see how he looks in this fight here, and I’m excited about him. Excited to see how he does. He’s a good kid and always exciting to watch, too.”
First things first, Condit will lock horns with Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 in Nashville, Tenn.