Condit Breaks Silence | Talks Controversial Win, Diaz Drug Test & Fighting Teammates
“There’s been a lot of criticism, a lot of people talking trash and some are just disappointed at the fight and that’s fine. Then, you have a lot of people giving me praise and respect, so it’s all even. Most of the people don’t care if I win or get knocked out; they just want to see an entertaining fight. Ultimately they don’t care if I get beat down or knocked out. I got to fight the way that I need to in order to win. I am proud of the way I fought. It was very close fight and a lot of the rounds were super close and could have gone either way. People connect with Nick. He is real, he goes out there and throws down, so I think a lot of people they love Nick, win or lose and I think that’s great. On the other hand, I think I have caught a lot of undeserved flack because of that. It has taken the joy out of it (winning my first UFC title). There have been a lot of ups and down that last couple of days. That’s the name of the game, I’m a pro fighter. Along with all the benefits, there is a lot of shit that comes on the negative side too, so it just comes with it.”(Continue to next page to read how he reacted towards Nicks failed drug test.)
During yesterday’s “The MMA Hour” podcast on mmafighting.com, UFC interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit discussed his feelings on the publics reaction towards his decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
Condit walked away with the decision victory to earn the UFC’s interim welterweight title but in the post-fight aftermath it would seem as if the rest of the world judged it for Nick. Continue to next page for additional comments…
“I was disappointed because, honestly, I felt right after the fight, I felt like I won and dominated. Going back and watching it, I saw how close it was and I understand how people thought that nick got robbed. So I was looking forward to getting back in there and doing it again. I talked to Dana Tuesday Morning. We talked about the rematch, and he said it is a fight a lot of people want to see and I agreed with him. I was motivated to get in there and shut people up. So I told him we would discuss the details when he got back into the Country, (from Brazil) and I was up for it. Then Tuesday night, I got the news from Dana that he had failed the drug test. We have to wait to see what disciplinary action he gets, but I would love to give him a rematch.” (continue to next page to read his thoughts on fighting his teammate Diego Sanchez)
“I would not have any problems fighting Diego; he is one of the best in the world. Since coming back to Albuquerque he has gotten back to the old Diego Sanchez. If that’s who they want me to fight then we can do it for sure. The dude (Ellenberger) has been on a run, he is definitely one of the best welterweights, we had a hell of a fight a couple of years ago, but we will see how the fight goes on Wednesday and the picture as far as who I’m fighting and the title contention might be cleared up after the fight.” (Continue to last page to watch the video from this The MMA Hour Podcast with Carlos Condit)
- Condit interview starts around the 2:03 mark