Former UFC interim champion Carlos Condit retires from mixed martial arts
“The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit called it a career.
The former interim UFC welterweight champion has informed the UFC that he has retired from active competition after nearly 12 years with the promotion.
Sources initially alerted MMA Fighting on Thursday that Condit had retired. His longtime manager Malki Kawa of First Round Management then confirmed the news to MMA Fighting after the 37-year-old fighter previously warned the UFC.
Throughout his career, Condit has long been considered one of the best welterweights in the sport as well as one of the most exciting fighters on the roster at any given time.
Following his debut in 2002, Condit competed on the regional combat circuit until he first gained notoriety for a knockout victory over Ross Ebanez at a Rumble on the Rock show in Hawaii. He then entered the promotion welterweight tournament where he quickly knocked out UFC veteran Renato “Charuto” Verissimo before submitting a bid against former UFC title contender Frank Trigg.
In 2007, Condit joined the WEC roster where he won the vacant welterweight title in his second bout with promotion with a submission victory over John Alessio. He then defended his belt three times before moving on to the UFC roster.
After a close split decision loss to Martin Kampmann in his debut, Condit went on to claim his five straight wins, including knockouts over Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim, before claiming the interim welterweight title with a unanimous decision. victory over Nick Diaz.
However, he was never able to claim the undisputed UFC title, having suffered a decision loss to Georges St-Pierre in his next fight.
Condit failed in his latest attempt to become the undisputed champion when he lost a controversial split decision to Robbie Lawler in 2016 in a battle that has been universally hailed as one of the best title fights in the history of the UFC.
While the past few years had been more difficult for Condit after enjoying a five-game losing streak, the enduring New Mexico native rebounded with two more wins over Court McGee and Matt Brown.
His last appearance with the UFC came in July when he lost a decision to Max Griffin.
Condit’s career ends with an overall record of 32-14, including a stunning finishing percentage with 28 of those wins by KO or submission.