Even though UFC welterweight Carlos Condit is consistently one of the division’s most entertaining fighters, finishing 26 of the 28 opponents he’s beaten, yet he often seems to receive more criticism than credit. Recently, fans took issue with Condit’s decision to wait for champion Georges St-Pierre to recover from a knee injury rather than defend the interim belt he’d won in February. The break also came after a less than aesthetically pleasing victory over Nick Diaz where Condit fought intelligently rather than recklessly for the sake of viewers.
As a result, Condit has been a frequent target of trash-talk. Though he’s heard a good deal of it, the 28-year old has opted to use the negativity in a positive way rather than let it bring him down or creep into the back of his mind.
“Fighting in the UFC is risky business and I need to seek the biggest reward for the risk. Fighting Georges is that big fight – it’s the big payoff that I am looking for,” explained the unapologetic Condit in an interview with Fighters.com.
“I’ve been told I’m too small, I’m too skinny, I’m not good enough. Time and time again I have proven people wrong. It adds motivation for me. I like playing the spoiler role,” he concluded, pointing to an upset against pound-for-pound star St-Pierre.
The 28-5 Condit will meet GSP in headlining action tomorrow night at UFC 154. He has picked up wins in five straight and thirteen of his last fourteen with the lone exception involving a Split Decision stumble to Martin Kampmann.
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