Carlos Condit retires from MMA
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit, one of the most violent fighters in promotion history, calls it a career.
On Thursday, Condit manager Malki Kawa of First Round Management confirmed to MMA Junkie that “The Natural Born Killer” has decided to retire from the sport. MMA Fight was the first to break the news.
Condit (32-14 MMA, 9-10 UFC), 37, hangs up his gloves after a professional career that dates back to September 2002 and includes 46 fights in total. Condit was 18-4 when he made his WEC debut in January 2007 and won the vacant welterweight title of the promotion in his second fight only, a choke submission to the back of John Alessio.
Condit has defended the WEC title three times and was still champion when the promotion was absorbed into the UFC in early 2009. Condit’s tenure in the UFC began with a split decision loss to Martin Kampmann, but he rebounded with a five-game winning streak. This included a split decision over Jake Ellenberger, followed by knockouts against Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim. His streak culminated in a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz to win the interim UFC welterweight title, which saw Condit unify the title against Georges St-Pierre.
Condit lost a unanimous decision to St-Pierre in November 2012 at UFC 154, and Condit never quite found his winning way after that, going 4-9 in his last 13 fights in the World. ‘UFC.
The injuries forced Condit to two long layoffs (15 months and almost two years). On a five-game losing streak, Condit came back from the nearly two-year layoff to win back-to-back decisions over Court McGee and Matt Brown in late 2020 and early this year, respectively. Condit’s final fight took place on July 10 at UFC 264 where he lost a decision to Max Griffin.
Condit ends his UFC career with the second fight night bonus in promotion history (7).