Former WEC welterweight titleholder Carlos Condit stunned the O2 Arena in London by knocking out favored Dan Hardy in the first round of their important 170-pound matchup at UFC 120 on Saturday.
“This was definitely the biggest fight of my career, fighting on the co-main [event],” said Condit. “[Defeating] Dan in his backyard at the O2 Arena is the biggest win of my career so far.”
This marks the third straight victory for “The Natural Born Killer” inside the Octagon since he was defeated in his debut by Danish striker Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. Avenging that loss, along with a 2006 defeat to newly-signed Jake Shields, is at the forefront of the New Mexican’s mind.
“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing who wins the fight between [Martin] Kampmann and [Jake] Shields,” he said. “I’ve fought both those guys, and lost decisions to both of them. I’d like to get one of those losses back.”
The Albuquerque product had the benefit of being cornered by longtime trainer Greg Jackson, who recently coached welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre as he successfully defended his title against Hardy at UFC 111 in March.
“I think [having Jackson in my corner] helped immensely. I’m obviously not the same fighter, and I don’t have the same style or attributes that GSP does, so we had a different approach to the fight,” he said. “But having a coach who just recently trained a guy to fight Dan was definitely beneficial.”
Condit may be one fight away from a title shot, himself. If that circumstance were to present itself and teammate St. Pierre still held the title, Condit avowed that he wouldn’t have a problem fighting the French-Canadian.
“As far as GSP being a teammate over at Jackson’s [Submission Fighting], we haven’t really discussed it very much,” said Condit. “I think that it would be foolish of me to turn down an opportunity like that, but I guess we’ll have to discuss that when we get to that juncture.”
After claiming that the fight would not be personal, UFC president Dana White chimed in, showing his approval for Condit’s attitude:
“I’m tired of guys who don’t want to fight each other,” said White. “Just because you train together means you can’t fight each other? You rarely hear [what Carlos said] coming out of that camp. So it’s good to hear.”