A veteran of 32 bouts, UFC welterweight Carlos Condit has faced some of the sport’s toughest draws such as Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Jake Ellenberger, Dong Hyun Kim, and Jake Shields. However, “The Natural Born Killer” knows the man he’ll be standing across from in the Octagon tonight – Nick Diaz – is unlike any opponent he’s met thus far along his professional path.
Diaz will enter the cage on an eleven-fight winning streak including a recent beatdown of B.J. Penn. The 28-year old has also only been legitimately stopped a single time in more than thirty fights, suffering a TKO in 2002 after having fought twice earlier in the evening as part of a tournament.
Condit acknowledged the challenge Diaz presents in a recent interview with the UFC’s website, saying he was up to the task and eager to see how things will unfold in the ring during their UFC 143 headliner.
“I think that styles make fights, and I think that this style match-up is going to be extremely exciting,” said an animated Condit. “It’s a very tough fight; Nick’s one of the best in the welterweight division. I think there are some guys stylistically that could probably beat him, but I think the matchup between us — we’re very evenly matched. We have similar skill sets, maybe a little bit different approach — different style — but it’s exciting.”
As far as how much he respects Diaz’s talents, the 27-5 Condit put him at the top of a long and talent-laden list.
“Nick is probably the toughest guy I’ve ever fought,” explained Condit. “He’s an endurance athlete — he puts tons and tons of pressure on guys — and he’s got some really good skills with his hands; his jiu-jitsu’s great. But I just really need to fight my fight. If I do that, I feel like I’m going to walk away with the belt.”
Catch their main event melee on PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST with prelims on FX/Facebook starting at 7:00 PM EST.
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