It appears that former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit (30-12 MMA) is ready to make his return to the octagon.
“The Natural Born Killer” was recently called out by former lightweight competitor Michael Chiesa, who told ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani that he hoped to fight Condit in his welterweight debut at December’s UFC 232 event.
“Michael Chiesa has decided to move up to welterweight. Chiesa’s manager Danny Rubenstein confirmed the decision after it was first reported by KHQ Local News. Chiesa, who missed weight prior to his last fight in July, is hoping to debut in his new weight class at UFC 232 on Dec 29. According to Chiesa’s team, Carlos Condit has been discussed as a potential opponent, however Condit’s management told ESPN they are not interested in that fight. Condit is hoping to return to action in December, they added.” – Ariel Helwani
Despite Condit’s managements claim that he was not interested in a fight with Chiesa, the former UFC interim welterweight title holder took to Twitter earlier today where he announced that he was in fact game for a fight with “Maverick”.
Check out Carlos Condit’s tweet on the subject below:
— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) September 15, 2018
“In in 💀 @UFC @seanshelby @MikeMav22 see you in December big guy.” – Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit will enter his bout with Michael Chiesa on a four-fight losing skid. Following his epic title fight loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 in January of 2016, “The Natural Born Killer” suffered setbacks to Demian Maia, Neil Magny and most recently Alex Oliveira this past April.
Condit’s last win came in May of 2015 when he scored a second-round TKO victory over former title challenger Thiago Alves in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Michael Chiesa will enter the proposed contest with Condit on a two-fight losing skid. “Maverick’s” most recent setback occurred at UFC 226 when he was submitted by former UFC lightweight title holder Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
Chiesa missed weight for his bout with Pettis which ultimately prompted his decision to move up to welterweight.
Prior to his recent skid, Chiesa had reeled off three straight wins over opponents Beneil Dariush, Jim Miller and Mitch Clarke.
Shortly after Carlos Condit’s tweet, BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor announced that he had confirmed with multiple sources that the Condit vs. Chiesa fight was in fact in the works for UFC 232.
As per Condit’s tweet earlier today, I’ve confirmed with multiple sources that a welterweight fight between @CarlosCondit and @MikeMav22 is in the works for #UFC232 on December 29 in Las Vegas. https://t.co/bdTWmq3NZm
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) September 15, 2018
“As per Condit’s tweet earlier today, I’ve confirmed with multiple sources that a welterweight fight between @CarlosCondit and @MikeMav22 is in the works for #UFC232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.” – Carlos Condit
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