Former UFC interim champion and perennial welterweight contender Carlos Condit appears to be considering retirement – or at least a break from competition.
In Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 co-headliner, Condit (30-12 MMA, 7-8 UFC) suffered a second-round submission loss to late replacement Alex Oliveira (19-4-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC).
The loss, which aired on FOX from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., was Condit’s fourth straight and moved him to just 2-7 since 2012. He’s also 0-2 since he returned in December from a sort of semi-retirement that prompted a 16-month layoff.
Although the 33-year-old, who turned pro nearly 16 years ago, has faced the division’s elite during his recent skid, he issued a post-fight statement early this morning and suggested his time may be over – but that he doesn’t plan to quit training and could very well end up back in the octagon at some point.
As Condit wrote: “I don’t know what’s next guys… I still love this game, and most days I still feel that fire, I absolutely love what it do, but maybe my time has passed. I don’t know the answer. this is what I know, this is my passion. I will never stop training, and If that leads me back to the the octagon, you know I’ll try to make it bloody for ya.”
Here’s the full statement, which includes a pretty amazing photo and caption (via Instagram):
“Post choke out, where the fuck am I , WTF happened, feeling kinda warm and fuzzy , hope I didn’t just piss my shorts on live TV , thousand yard stare. I’ve posted plenty of pictures looking like a Badass. Triumphant and powerful… But here’s the flip side, crumpled and weak in defeat. Rough day at the office
“Fuck it though, I had fun. I trained my ass off and I came to fight. This is what leaving it all out there looked like on Saturday. Much respect to my opponent and his team. Thank you for taking the fight on short notice. Congratulations and best of luck in the future.
“I don’t know what’s next guys… I still love this game, and most days I still feel that fire, I absolutely love what it do, but maybe my time has passed. I don’t know the answer. this is what I know, this is my passion. I will never stop training, and If that leads me back to the the octagon, you know I’ll try to make it bloody for ya.
“Right now I’m looking forward to summer shenanigans with my sons and to expanding @hundredhandscoffee.”
After the fight, Oliveira, who picked up one of his biggest victories to date by beating Condit, said the former WEC champ actually went to sleep and woke back up before tapping to the fight-ending guillotine:
Oliveira picked up a “Performance of the Night” bonus for the victory.
According to official disclosed paydays obtained by MMAjunkie, Condit earned $115,000 at UFC-Glendale.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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