Heading into UFC 154 Georges St-Pierre Fight, Carlos Condit is on the Precipice of Greatness

October 21, 2012
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UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit knows exactly what he’s stepping into when he squares off with returning titleholder Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal. He’s stepping into a fight with greatness.

But as the saying goes, to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.

That’s exactly what Condit wants to do, not shying away from his Jackson/Winkeljohn teammate.

“He’s the best in the world. He’s one of the best the sport has ever seen,” Condit readily admitted in a recent UFC interview.

Also the former WEC welterweight champion, Condit has been nothing short of stellar in his UFC tenure. After losing a narrow split decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut – his only defeat since 2006 – Condit earned his way into the title unification bout with St-Pierre by winning five consecutive fights.

His victims form an impressive list: Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Dong Hyun Kim, and Nick Diaz.

As he said, however, St-Pierre has been at the top of the sport for a long time and is widely regarded as one of the top two or three pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

“It’s a huge fight with a lot of buzz surrounding it,” said Condit, before adding, “Those are the kinds of fights that I want to be in.”

And who wouldn’t want to be in such a fight? If he loses to St-Pierre, it will be heartbreaking, but there would be no shame in it. If, on the other hand, he defeats St-Pierre, Condit etches his name in history not only for defeating one of the greats, but also as one of the most accomplished fighters in the world himself.

St-Pierre has been on the sidelines nursing injuries since April 2011, while Condit has fought twice since that time, reigniting the fire inside. He says he is the best he’s ever been, with a renewed desire to not only compete, but reinvent himself each time he steps into the cage.

“I’m a different fighter each time I come out. Mentally, I’m in a good place.”

Not a bad position to find himself in as he heads into a bout that can be the tipping point of taking a career from impressive to epic.

“I’m on the precipice of achieving my life goal. I want to fight the best Georges and beat that guy.”

Carlos Condit and Geroges St-Pierre square off in the UFC 154 main event on Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC 154 news and fight coverage.

  • stevemcz11

    Condit will have been champ for 10 months and 0 title defenses going into this fight. I think that is BS! What was the point in the division having an Interim champ?

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    The way GSP trains is incredible. He’s just an amazing fighter. This is going to be a great fight. You may not like GSPs style but if he wins, he wins.

  • Jason Priest

    No way Carlos beats George. He shoulda lost the Diaz fight IMO. GSP by UD.

  • Darin

    I think us UFC fans are on the precipice of 25 minutes of point fighting.

    • random hero

      that or Condit surprises us with a nice KO, thats what im hoping for

  • hyderabod

    Sounds great and all, but I see him losing to GSP, as well as losing a rematch with Rory, however, I see him beating just about everyone else there is though

  • Kris-tyahn

    Funny how, apparently I’m the only one who thinks this fight will not go the distance. I think GSP will be much improved like he was when he lost to Serra, GSP needed something to motivate him, being out for 18 months is more than enough to do that for a guy who has embarrassed every opponent he’s faced over the last 5 yrs, even going 30+ rounds without a hiccup. You might think he’s boring, though I really don’t understand how people can think that, but for a guy to have always fought in one of the toughest divisions in MMA/UFC and to do what he has done to world class fighters, is unparalleled. To go 5 years/7 fights and to not lose one single round out of 30+ is a stat that might not be touched for a while. Jones could have been close but he lost a round to Lyoto right? Silva …. Sonnen took care of that and Aldo got owned in the 5th vs Hominick, I’m not certain how many Doa Santos has, but I think he’ll lose that streak to Cain, and if not Cain then maybe Overroid or Cormier. GSP by tko 4th round, or if Condit gets lucky he wins by TKO, but it will have to be early, before the Championship rounds. IMHO