Carlos Condit Says His Back Is Against The Wall at Fight Night 27
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.26.2013
Due to his back-to-back losses...
Carlos Condit recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 27. Check out the highlights:
On his past two losses: "I have my back against the wall. Those fights, both of them were close in different ways. I almost had Georges St-Pierre finished, and then I lost a real close position to Johny Hendricks. Having victory slip through my fingers like that really gives me some fire to make sure I finish this fight."
On getting his rematch with Kampmann: "I was excited. This is a fight that I've been looking forward to for a long time, and I jumped at the opportunity."
On his progress since his first fight with Kampmann: "I'm a better fighter. I've grown quite a bit as a person. I've had these really tough fights against high-level opponents. I think that's going to show. But he's improved, too. This is Condit vs. Kampmann 2.0. This is going to be a better version of both of us – both hungry, both coming off losses looking to get back in the win column. Particularly his striking is better, I think. He's always been well-versed in striking, but it's gotten better. He looks sharper. He's more dangerous on his feet. I'm sure he's improved all around, but that's what stands out to me."
On the importance of the fight: "A win over Kampmann puts me back in the title mix. But first things first, and I've got to take care of this guy. Martin is super tough. He's improved quite a bit since our last fight, and I definitely have my hands full."
On wanting a rematch with Hendricks: "I would request a five-round fight with him. I feel like I was getting stronger as the fight went on. That last round, I had him in trouble, and had the fight gone any longer, I think I would have come away with a win. But I'm not looking back. I'm not crying about the decision or anything like that. I'm going to get an opportunity to rematch a guy I lost to on Wednesday, and then I'm going to look forward to maybe avenging that loss and maybe getting another big fight."
On possibly facing Nick Diaz again: "When I fought Diaz, it was a controversial decision, and I said, 'I can see how some people think he won.' I'm not ego-tripping out here. I'm just out here trying to fight to the best of my ability, and if we don't finish the fight and it ends up in the judges' hands, it gets kind of weird sometimes."