Following the split-decision loss, Condit stated he was not interested in fighting unless they were big fights, such as a rematch with Lawler for the welterweight belt.
However, in talking with FloCombat recently, Condit admits that fighting is the only thing that really makes him feel alive.
“It was never a question of whether or not I still had it in me,” Condit says. “The question was whether or not my heart would be in it going forward, and the answer is that I just love to do this shit, man. That night (UFC 195) was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Going through the battle and just trembling because of the adrenaline running through my body. Being in pain. That’s f*****g being alive, man.
“It’s a crazy thing to go through something like that, and it’s something most people wouldn’t want anything to do with, but that is what I’m addicted to. I’m addicted to that feeling. And pushing myself beyond where I thought possible because fighting is a crazy thing. Before these fights, everything in your body freaks out like it’s saying, ‘No….don’t do this,’ but you still make that walk and do it. Going through those things and coming out on the other side, no matter how the fight turns out, is a win.”
With Condit set to fight Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 21, “The Natural Born Killer” says that he found his calling in fighting, which has given him a rewarding way of life.
“I always felt like I was different. It didn’t fit into a lot of things I was supposed to growing up and then I found that thing that I f******g fit into,” Condit says. “It was the right time, right place and the right formula. It’s hard to describe, but it’s been amazing. I’ve been able to live the life I dreamed of. Fighting has been and still is f*****g awesome for me.”
“This career affords me the opportunity to accumulate money, power and respect. It’s also possible I was born in the wrong time because I feel I would do well on a battlefield collecting skulls.”