The Last Man Standing – Carlos Condit

January 31, 2012
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Carlos Condit at UFC 120
As Carlos Condit rises in the morning there are only a few things on his mind.

He wants to get his son Owen up and dressed, feed him breakfast, as he himself gets his first fuel of the day as well. He’ll kiss his wife and get dressed then he heads off to the gym for another grueling day of practice as he readies himself for the biggest fight of his nearly decade long fight career.

What’s different about this particular morning is Condit is waking up with a camera in his face.

As Condit is preparing for his UFC 143 showdown with Nick Diaz, he’s also being followed virtually 24 hours a day by the UFC Primetime crew that documents his every move for the special series airing on FX.

Going into the show, everyone wondered how Nick Diaz would react to the cameras? Would he even participate in the show?

Truth be told, Condit has always been just as private about his life as Diaz has ever been, and having cameras following him around non-stop leading up to this bout wasn’t his ideal scenario either, but for the chance to win UFC gold, it’s worth it.

“It’s probably about my least favorite thing to do,” Condit told MMAWeekly Radio when talking about the reality series. “I really don’t like it, but it’s part of the job. I’m just kind bearing it and getting through it. Hopefully, not only will it promote the fight and sell the fight, but maybe get me some opportunities in the future.”

It’s a frustrating job for Condit because for most of his adult life his only occupation has been fighting. Because of the UFC Primetime filming, Condit is now also one part actor. It’s not something he necessarily embraces, but it’s all for the greater good.

“If they miss something and they want you to redo it, it’s like how would you like me to re-crack that egg? It’s kind of tedious sometimes,” Condit admitted.

“They’re there filming me training for the most part. They were filming me doing what I would be doing anyways. Other than it kind of being a pain in the ass, it didn’t take away from my training at all.”

Condit’s main focus is the training because on Feb. 4 he will face possibly the toughest opponent of his entire career.

Nick Diaz is an enigma in and out of the cage. He’s hard to describe if you don’t know him, but those around him would consider him an extremely hard worker who will do anything for his teammates. A veteran of more than 30 pro fights, Diaz has faced some of the stiffest competition throughout his career and he never backs down from a challenge.

Funny enough, that almost perfectly describes Carlos Condit as well.

“I’ve been watching him for a long time. I like his style, I like how exciting he is, and I myself like to put on good shows and good fights as well, so I always thought a fight against him would be pretty spectacular,” Condit said about Diaz.

Leading up to this bout, both Condit and Diaz have been respectful of each other. Diaz and his trainer, Cesar Gracie, have complimented Condit in many ways, going as far as calling him superior to current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Respect or not, Condit is not a fighter that gets rattled in the cage. Even in the past with opponents like Dan Hardy and Brock Larson that tried to get under Condit’s skin to elicit a certain reaction, he stared back at them with the same steely gaze as any other opponent.

Of course Condit managed to submit Larson and knockout Hardy, both in the first round, but that’s not necessarily because he liked them any more or less than he does Nick Diaz.

Condit can flip the switch and unleash the animal inside once the fight starts, and when it does, he’s got one job to do: annihilate the man standing in front of him.

“That is a part of me, but I save that for competition,” Condit said about his demeanor inside the Octagon. “I save that intensity for when the cage door closes.”

And when the door closes on Saturday night and Condit is locked in the cage with Nick Diaz, it really does become kill or be killed and the better man will walk out with the interim UFC welterweight title.

Carlos Condit is more than confident that he will be the last man standing at UFC 143.

“I think styles make fights and I don’t think he’s unbeatable,” Condit said about Diaz.

“I’ve walked a long road. I’ve been fighting professionally for like nine years now, fought some of the best guys in the world, and if I beat Nick, I definitely deserve that belt because he is one of the best.”

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  • Everyone (UFC included) seems to be overlooking Condit and looking ahead to GSP – Diaz.

    • RonnieV

      I think GSP & the UFC are the only ones looking past Condit. I’m pro Diaz, and I'[m every bit as scared about Condit as I am GSP. Condit & Diaz pretty much have the same strength’s, this fight will be one for the ages.

      • RonnieV

        I should say I’m more scared of Condit than I am a post-ACL GSP. (eventhough I do not believe he had ACL surgery, I think he had knee surgery just not ACL)

        • MrAdidas

          ur an IDIOT!

  • KBEsq

    The more I think about this fight, the more I think Condit is going to win. They showed the Penn/Diaz fight on Fox Deportes last night, and I watched it again (yes, I had to watch it in Spanish!). Diaz is very beatable. Penn beat Diaz in the first round, both on his feet and on the ground.

    Now obviously no one can guarantee victory, but I can be pretty sure that what happened to Penn IS NOT going to happen to Condit. Condit is not going to gas out, and he’s probably one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. I will always mention his fight with Rory McDonald as one of the most inspiring fights I have ever seen. I believe McDonald will be champion some day, and Condit was getting beat up for two rounds and was just totally stopped in every way. Then Condit comes through and just owns McDonald in the third round. Only a few fighters can come back from that kind of physical and psychological disadvantage.

    I really just think Condit is going to win this fight.

    • RonnieV

      Unreal, how many frickin’ times are you going to bring up the first round of the Penn fight. It’s a silly conversation, considering it’s a round fighters feel each other out (pervs). Penn got one takedown, and Diaz easily got back-up. Penn landed 10 more punches… whoopy doo! Diaz then landed 100 more punches in the next two rounds, and set a compustrike record (later broken by Nate). This was the last 3 round main event, lucky for Penn. I’ll put my money on Condit winning the first round as well, simply because Diaz is never as aggressive in the first. Heck, even Frank Shamrock did well against Nick in the first round, before he got the piss beat out of him. No knock on Condit, because I believe he has great stamina/endurance, but he’s never gone five rounds before. For Condit to win, he needs to put Diaz away in the first two rounds, which has never happened. After the second round, Condit will be in deep water, and that is where Diaz wants to be. Btw, did I say I was biased towards Diaz yet? A non-biased opinion is whoever has the best chin will win this fight.

      • KBEsq

        I love it when people completely miss the point of a post, focus on one throw-away part of it that had little to do with the main thrust of the post, then post several paragraphs of vitriol about the part of the post that is meaningless.

        I honestly think you read the first sentence of my post, and then just started jerking off on the keyboard because I mentioned Diaz in a negative light. Calm down and take your medication.

        • therealmo

          Man, are you an idiot

      • MrAdidas

        Yeah, Diaz did land over 100 more punches than BJ & he STILL COULDN’T FINISH a dead tired & out of shape BJ Penn! Not sure how GSP is looking past Condit, especially considering GSP said he thought Condit would win, but he WANTS Diaz to win.

  • RubeKegal

    Ronnie, suck it. Penn won 1st round vs Diaz 10-7, he should have won fight!!

    • RonnieV

      Not even worth a response

      • MrAdidas


  • Triggerman99

    I’m a Diaz fan for sure, and I’m worried about this fight. Fortunately though, I’m also a Condit fan (but Diaz is my favorite fighter).
    Condit’s reach and accuracy might be able to counteract Diaz’s pressure and Condit hits way harder, but Diaz probably has an advantage nearly everywhere else.
    But one thing I am almost certain about; Diaz is a bigger threat to GSP than Condit.

    • MrAdidas

      Doubt it, Condit with kicks & sick Muay Tay, not to mention KO power in both hands make Condit a more dnagerous fighter than Diaz (IMHP).

      • Triggerman99

        Yeah, he’s definitely got a sick skillset, but you have to remember that styles make fights, and Condit’s sniping ability will likely be less effective vs GSP than Diaz’s pressure and punch volume.

  • RonnieV

    Another thing to think about, Condit has deadly knees, but how effective will they be if Diaz is constantly moving forward pushing the action.

  • Triggerman99

    And yet another;

    Diaz goes to the body like nobody else in the game. How will Condit’s cardio be affected in the later rounds after taking repeated punishment to the body?

  • zacharydetal

    There’s no guarantee that he’ll take repeated punishment to the body. I think Condit, GSP, and probably even Ellenberger would beat Diaz. Maybe Koschek to.

    • MrAdidas

      I also agree, Diaz has to get close for those body shots. I’m sure Condit is willing to trade a body shot for a possible flying knee to Diaz’s face anytime!

      • Triggerman99

        Well, flying knees usually happen during TD attempts, and I don’t see any way Diaz is gonna try for a TD. I think it’s safe to say that Condit has just as much to fear at close range as Diaz. if I were Condit, I would try to keep this fight at a distance.

      • RonnieV

        You guys are effin stupid

  • Triggerman99

    There’s no guarantee of that.

    See what I did there?

    • RonnieV

      Triggerman, I here you. Adidas & Rube Kegal are impossiblt to talk logic with. These morons were talking the same smack against Diaz prior to the Penn fight. If Diaz wins, they will make-up excuses for the victory. If Condit wins, I will eat crow, but I’m just hoping for an amazing fight. I enjoy both fighters, Diaz more simply because I’ve hung out with Nick & Nate before they were big names in the sport. It’s been great watching them evolve in MMA. You did bring up one good point. Tough to get those knees up when you are moving backwards.