Carlos Condit hasn’t fought since early in 2014 when he suffered a knee injury during a loss to Tyron Woodley.
Prior to that, though, Condit was known for his incredible conditioning and ability to fight at the same pace for 25 minutes.
The former interim UFC welterweight champion returns Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 67 against Thiago Alves in the main event. And for “The Natural Born Killer,” that frenetic pace is something he plans to put into play.
“He’s a phenomenal fighter, he’s good everywhere,” said Condit during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “My key to victory is to push the pace, get in there, grind him, get him tired and then I can walk away with the victory.”
With 29 career wins, including 27 via stoppage, Condit wants nothing more than to do what he did to Martin Kampmann, Dong Hyun Kim, Dan Hardy and even Rory MacDonald to Alves.
“It’s a combination of things but first and foremost great training and great training partners,” said Condit, of his ability to finish fights.
As for the upcoming welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and MacDonald, Condit knows that a win by MacDonald could move him quickly into title consideration considering their past.
“I think it depends on the fight between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler,” he said. “Rory’s been inching to get a shot at me for a while. I may be two or three fights away. I’m picking Rory this time. I think he’s learned from that first fight, he’ll open up a little bit and not be so conservative and walk with the belt.”