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UFC fighter Carlos Condit retires

10:37, 17 September 2021
UFC fighter Carlos Condit retires Photo: SIMON HASTEG RD/imago sportfotodienst/Global Look Press

An American former interim welterweight champion, 37-year-old,  Carlos Condit hung up his gloves ending his spectacular MMA career.


The retirement of one of the brutal fighters in the UFC became known when Condit’s manager Malki Kawa announced the fighter’s decision to MMA Fighting.

Carlos Condit, whose nom de guerre - “Natural Born Killer”, had taken part in 46 MMA fights, 19 of them in the UFC.

The fighter’s MMA path started back in September 2002, when he received his first quick victory, finishing the fight in the first round by conducting a rear-naked choke. After four years of fighting in various “dim” promotions, he was signed in the WEC, holding his MMA record 18-4. In the only second fight for the promotion, he became a champion, ending the fight against John Alessio due to the beloved rear-naked choke. After several title defenses, he got on the new level by entering the promotion that consists only of the best fighters of the world – the UFC.

Condit failed his debut in the first MMA promotion – the split decision of the three judges was not in his favor. However, the unfortunate debut couldn’t break Condit’s mentality, so the fighter destroyed his next five opponents, becoming the number one title contender. Among those five were Rory McDonald, Jake Ellenberger, Dan Hardy, Dong Hyun Kim, and Nick Diaz.

The win-streak of five against tough opponents turned Condit to the most difficult rivalries he had ever experienced at that moment – a fight against the MMA monster –  Canadian, Georges St-Pierre, who had been 22-2 MMA at that moment. Condit failed to become a champion as all of the three judges were inclined to note St-Pierre as a victor.

Condit’s further career hadn’t been full of win-streaks as it was ordinary for him before. Despite him having many losses in the last fights, Carlos’ performance was still on the top level as he showed various martial techniques, including Muay Thai precise punches and kicks, along with his “ground game.” The ring coverage had been regularly colored with red when Carlos Condit was leaving the octagon after the fight.

Condit’s last fight happened on July 10, 2021, at UFC 264 in Nevada, Las Vegas when he lost his fight to Max Griffin (18-8 MMA) by unanimous decision.

Overall MMA record for Carlos Condit is 32-14 (9-10 UFC).