Carlos Condit is tired of critics taking aim at his competitive desire, courage, and confidence when it comes to waiting for welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre to recover from knee surgery rather than risk his interim belt against a top contender in the period beforehand. Condit hasn’t fought since early February and isn’t expected to face GSP until mid-November.
The 28-year old Condit was asked about the heat he’s gotten from fans, fighters, and media in relation to his break from action and made it clear the decision to do so is not necessarily up to him.
“I don’t make the matches. If the UFC wanted me to fight somebody else, they’re the boss. They can ask me to fight and I’d be up for it,” Condit explained on Fuel TV’s coverage of UFC on FX 3. “They want me to fight Georges St-Pierre and that’s who I want to fight as well so that’s what I’m gonna go with.”
If the match-up with the popular French-Canadian champion comes to fruition as planned the bout will go down in St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal at UFC 154. The challenge of trying to take him out in such a raucous atmosphere might be intimidating to many but Condit sees it differently.
“That’s something I’ve done quite a few times and I wouldn’t be rattled by it,” he elaborated on the topic of fighting in enemy territory. “It’s just kind of motivation. You’re stepping into an enemy’s backyard and there’s nothing to lose.”
The “Natural Born Killer” also touched on the possibility of St-Pierre not being ready in time to fight before the end of 2012, again pointing to Martin Kampmann as the opponent he’d prefer to be paired with rather than any other adversary.
“He was my first loss in the UFC, my only loss…my only loss in the last six years or so,” said Condit, also showing some respect to another individual linked with a possible title-shot in the near future. “Not taking anything away from Johny Hendricks. He’s obviously a top contender, had some great wins recently, but it’s a more compelling fight. It’s a fight I would be absolutely motivated for if Georges isn’t ready.”
Presently it appears St-Pierre will be ready to take to the Octagon by November, and a bout between Hendricks-Kampmann has already been attached to the same card, so needless to say Condit has a tough fight ahead of him no matter how things unfold over the next 4-5 months.
A full version of the interview with Condit can be seen below:
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