Condit enters the Octagon a WEC champ
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Photo by Chris Cozzone
The main event of UFC Fight 18 in Nashville, Tenn. on April 1st features former WEC welterweight kingpin Carlos Condit making his UFC debut against the explosive Martin Kampmann. MMA fans relish the opportunity to see how high up the ladder Condit can climb in the talent-laden 170 lb. division. First off, he must defeat Kampmann, who won several bouts in the Octagon in the 185 lb. middleweight division.
Condit has won eight fights in a row, dating back to 2006. He knows he must continue his winning streak if he expects to receive a title shot to claim a UFC belt. Recently, Condit took the time to speak with Fightnews about his upcoming bout, his opponent, his career aspirations and related subjects.
You face a tough fighter in Martin Kampmann. Can you assess his strengths and what he brings to the cage?
He is well-rounded like I am. He has an impressive skill-set, strong stand-up game, good jiu-jitsu and he trains at Extreme Couture so he will be prepared.
What advantages do you think you have over him?
I think one advantage is that I believe this is only his second fight at welterweight, whereas I am used to making the weight cut to 170lb. I think I will be able to fight at a very high pace and I hope to exploit that to my advantage.
This will be your first fight in the UFC. Do you expect the UFC jitters or is it just another fight?
I’ll let you know afterward. No, I mean I have had lots of fights and lots of jitters so I know how to deal with pressure. It is an important fight no doubt but I will be ready.
I notice you have numerous submission wins and numerous kayo wins among your professional resume. Is being so well-rounded one of your premier strengths?
Yes, I am very well-rounded and I think having a diverse skill set has pulled me through several fights. I am comfortable standing up and I am comfortable on the ground.
In 2006, you lost to Jake Shields about two years (Shields won a unanimous decision). I know he is not in the UFC but down the line if possible is that a fight you would like to have?
Yes, I would like a rematch with Jake. I was only 21 years old at the time and my ground game and my entire MMA skills have developed and I am much stronger now.
I assume capturing a UFC belt is your goal?
I am thinking a bit more short-term. I want to put two or three solid wins together and make good fights. Of course, ultimately, I want to capture a UFC belt but I realize I have some work to do before obtaining that shot.
What is your prediction for this bout with Kampmann?
I predict that it will be an exciting fight and a great fight for the fans. I believe I will continue to win and win this fight.
Any message for your fans?
I just want to thank all of them for their support. I promise you all that I will continue to work my ass off for you and give you the best fights that I can.
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David L. Hudson Jr. is a feature writer for Fightnew.com, a licensed boxing judge and the author of the soon-to-be-released Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts. http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/GR4383.aspx