Carlos Condit: “There are no time outs, there are no substitutions, and there’s no saying my knee is off limits.”

UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has had an opportunity over the past few months to test out exactly how strong his surgically repaired knee is by running it through a range of exercises aimed specifically at making sure his ACL is 100% in addition to enduring the regular rigors of training. However, he won’t know exactly how stable it is until locking horns with Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 154.

Not only will the bout mark St-Pierre’s first real fight since recovering from the injury that’s kept him out of action since 2011 but, as Condit recently revealed, “The Natural Born Killer” will be extremely mindful of his adversary’s condition.

“If somebody’s in the cage…you can’t say ‘Oh wait, that’s off limits.’ There are no time outs, there are no substitutions, and there’s no saying my knee is off limits. This is a full contact sport,” explained the 28-5 Condit on UFC Tonight when asked about going after St-Pierre’s bum leg, adding that he wasn’t necessarily going to target it more often than he might in a different situation but had no plans to hold back in any area.

“This fight is something I have been working towards for 10…12…15 years, since I first started competing – not even competing but just training in mixed martial arts. This is a dream of mine. To fight Georges St-Pierre is his hometown for the undisputed belt…it’s surreal and an opportunity of a lifetime,” continued Condit on the stakes involved.

Condit also stated he ultimately hoped all the hard work he’d put in over his career would pay off in a finish of St-Pierre, though the 28-year old stopped short of predicting round or method.

Check out the complete interview with Condit below:

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/TWITTER

9 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    hopefully no running around ‘evasively’ either. thought its two Greg Jackson fighters, chances are it’ll be left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick,

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i mean ‘though’ its two Greg Jackson fighters

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Dude – you got to get over the Jackson hate. Condit’s been a killing machine in every fight except Diaz, where he made exactly the right decision WRT strategy.

    GSP’s lack of willingness to engage is ALL GSP. There’s been a bunch of fights where his corner has audibly told him to go for the kill, but he won’t.

    I think GSP’s fighting is a thing of beauty in its own way, but he’s definitely to blame for his own evasiveness…

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep and that fight against Diaz was horrible to watch. i was sitting with a guy who doesnt watch much mma and i was hyping the fight so much. no way it was gonna be anything other than incredible, clash of two extremely aggressive fighters. right? it was painful to watch, one of my favourite fighters refusing to fight because his trainer told him not to. not the first time a Greg jackson fighter has done it (Guida, Guillard, Marquadt, GSP) and wont be the last.
    i also love watching GSP, guy is amazing, but when he decided to jab Josh Koshcheck for 25 minutes instead of even attempting to finish him, well it just makes me think this fight could be dull as fuck as well. i love watching both guys, just wanna see them fight, not ‘contest’

    left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, left jab counter leg kick, etc etc

    believe me i hope i’m wrong

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    I also hope the fights not so boring but im hoping condit goes for the kill and gets gsp to go hard. Im hoping for the upset and condit to take it and gsp to get throw in the mix.

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  • climbarock says:

    Judging from the picture above, GSP injured his right knee, and since he strikes from an orthodox stance, it’ll be hard for Condit to damage it with leg kicks. It’d be a different story if his lead leg was the one he’s nursing.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I expect Condit to come out with controlled but forced aggression. Jackson/Condit’s gameplan isn’t going to give GSP the luxury of easing back into action after being sidelined for 18+ months. No doubt GSP has worked his ass off thru rehab & training to get back to top form, and going from what must have been the longest period of activity during his athletic career to finally getting back to full speed, it’s only natural that he would *feel* as good as ever. But from a physical standpoint, there’s simply no way to know for sure how his knee & overall body are going to respond once the door shuts Saturday night.

    As for the knee itself, it will hold up just fine. But it’s not as simple as that. How will it affect GSP mentally without that safety net of knowing sparring partners weren’t going to attack the knee? (The red QB jersey comes off Saturday night.) And although I believe the knee is fully healed & will hold up fine, a major injury & surgery will sap some of his athleticism; it’s just a question of how much/little. (And don’t forget he experienced multiple knee injuries since he last fought.) He’s also 31 years old now, with the immortal Anderson Silva the only other UFC champ on the wrong side of 30. For a guy whose athleticm has been a huge part of his success, age & injury are very real factors, and there’s simply no way to simulate what he’ll have to deal with this weekend… Saturday night is a whole different beast in GSP’s road back.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    *longest period of INactivity

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  • Screenplaya says:

    My guess is that GSP is planning to eliminate Condit’s possible run and hide strategy by planting his shoulder in Condit’s stomach, bullying him against the fence, and dumping him on his ass in time for the elbows to drop.

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