Welterweight Nick Diaz is notorious for verbally baiting his opponents inside the ring, enticing them to engage in full-on exchanges and abandon any game plan his adversary may have originally entered the fight with. However, try as he might, Diaz was unable to get Carlos Condit to bite last night when the two faced off at UFC 143, ultimately losing a decision victory after five rounds of frustration thanks to Condit’s focus and execution.
Condit talked about his victory to the UFC cameras shortly after getting backstage, explaining, “This is just another step towards my ultimate goal of being among the best Mixed Martial Artists in the world. He was talking, I was landing punches. I think I was winning. No matter how much he talked, I was hitting him hard, I was hitting him solid, and that’s what I came here to do. I didn’t come to talk.”
As far as what’s next for the interim champion, Condit has no interest in resting on his laurels and recognizes his upcoming bout with Georges St. Pierre will require an even better performance than he turned in against the extraordinarily tough Diaz.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do and a lot more improvement to be made. Georges is a true champion and he’s the best in the world,” said Condit of the potential fight with GSP.
Check out the complete video below with other moments including Condit’s proud father glowing in the wake of his son’s success as well as a loving exchange between Condit and his wife:
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