Entering Saturday’s shootout with Thiago Alves, former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit (pictured) suggested that an impressive finish over Alves should put him right back in the hunt for a title tilt.
After blitzing Alves with a vicious barrage of elbows and punches, which resulted in a second round TKO victory, Condit called for an immediate shot at either current champ Robbie Lawler or Rory MacDonald – whoever leaves UFC 189 with the throne.
“I want whoever has the title in a couple of months,” Condit deadpanned at the UFC Fight Night 67 post-fight press conference. “Whether it’s Rory or Robbie, I want that guy.”
Unfortunately for Condit, you can’t always have what you want. Condit is currently ranked fourth in the UFC welterweight division, and while last night’s win over the former top contender was impressive, he probably won’t move up the rankings by beating the weight class’ #12 guy.
It wouldn’t make sense for Condit to leapfrog Tyron Woodley, who presently sits one spot above him. Johny Hendricks, who is ranked #1 in the division? Forget about it, especially since Hendricks just beat Condit four fights ago.
There’s no doubt Condit ended his 14-month hiatus with a bang by reminding everyone what can happen when he decides to go all “Natural Born Killer” on someone, but that was just his second victory in his last five outings.
Barring injuries to the others ahead of him in the pecking order, it would be tough to justify sliding Condit into a championship affair at this stage.
However, a shootout with Woodley could certainly prove to be a solid top contender clash. A rematch against Hendricks would also make sense for Condit, but not so much for “Bigg Rigg.”
Even getting Lawler if he loses his belt to MacDonald would be intriguing. Condit already holds a win over MacDonald, but that was five years ago and it might be time to arrange a sequel if “Red King” comes up short again against Lawler.
Clearly, there are still plenty of hurdles for Condit to clear before competing for the hardware again. Regardless, props to Condit for his public plea. Unfortunately for him, he’ll likely still be on the outside looking in for a little while.