“The Natural Born Killer” wants to return to fighting at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.
It’s been more than a year since we last saw former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit compete in the UFC. Judging from comments he made after his quick submission loss to Demian Maia, it looked as if “The Natural Born Killer” was ready to move on from fighting after well over a decade of competition.
Not so fast.
On Tuesday, Condit tweeted at UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, expressing his interest in getting back into the Octagon soon.
what’s up big guy…? I’m wanting to fight in December or January… what say you!?
— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) September 19, 2017
The 33-year-old Condit (30-10) hasn’t won a fight since stopping Thiago Alves in May 2015. He was on the cusp of capturing the UFC welterweight championship in his all-time classic battle with Robbie Lawler back at UFC 195, but wound up on the wrong end of a split decision. Even then, Condit was contemplating retirement after such a grueling back-and-forth brawl. His manager, Malki Kawa, noted that Condit had serious concerns about enduring any more head trauma, citing a strike Maia landed that hurt Condit just before the rear-naked choke.
Condit is known as one of the most entertaining top-level competitors in MMA history, and he’s also recorded stoppages in all but two of his 30 professional victories. Even acknowledging the daunting list of opponents he’s faced over the past five years, Condit’s 2-5 run over his last seven is by far the worst stretch of his career. Despite his current run of form and his inactivity, he’s still #7 in the UFC’s official welterweight rankings, so if he is serious about coming back, there’s still a possibility that he can make one last run at UFC gold.