It is really hard to believe that Carlos Condit is a white belt, according to traditional Brazilian jiu-jitsu technical skills in the gi. With 13 submissions on his record, “The Natural Born Killer” has never trained in the gi, until now.
Condit posted a statement on his Facebook page addressing his journey into the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the gi.
Condit said in his post:
I’ve been training Jiujutsu for more than half my life, and I have never rolled in a gi. When I started, all of my training was geared toward Vale Tudo, NHB, Cage fighting… The term MMA wasn’t even used at the time. So we didn’t train in the gi. I know there’s a bunch of opinions out there for and against training in a gi for MMA. But for a number of reasons, I decided to get outside of my comfort zone, start as a white belt and get friendly with the gi. I got manhandled my first day, and probably will continue to get my ass kicked, but that’s ok, that’s how you grow. We cannot be afraid to fail. When setting goals, reach farther than you can actually grasp. And if you fall, grit your teeth, re focus your intention and try again. I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress
Photo credit: Will Fox
Carlos Condit is coming off a close title fight loss against Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, which took place in January. Condit has stated after his fight that he will only get back into the Octagon for fights that interest him, such as a rematch for the title against Robbie Lawler.