LAS VEGAS – Carlos Condit had long been one of the best welterweights in mixed martial arts, as well as one of the most entertaining. He’s also a thoughtful, insightful man who figures to be successful long after his fighting career is over.
That career was nearly over at a surprisingly early age. After getting choked out in the first round by Demian Maia on Aug. 27, 2016, the then-32-year-old Condit openly spoke of walking away from the sport.
Ultimately, he chose to continue to try and he’ll fight Neil Magny on the main card of UFC 219 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, a fight that could steal the show from the main event between featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and challenger Holly Holm.
Though it’s hardly a disgrace to lose to Maia, Condit lost in a manner that made it seem like he was done. He was not engaged and didn’t seem to have the energy or the passion he once had.
“I just had a lot of different stuff going on and I don’t think I took that fight for the right reasons and the right time,” Condit told Yahoo Sports at UFC 219 media day on Thursday. “Things going on outside the cage often bleed into your performance, especially with a fight. I fight with a lot of emotion and passion. If that’s going somewhere else because there’s different stuff going on, it can affect your performance and I think that’s what happened.”
Check out what else Condit had to say about his future and Magny in this one-on-one with Yahoo Sports.