Five days before his UFC 120 showdown with Dan Hardy, welterweight contender Carlos Condit swung through New York yesterday for a media tour, which ended with an evening workout session at The Wat. After Kru Phil Nurse put him through a few grueling rounds of pad work, Carlos was kind enough to give us a brief interview, in which he discussed his matchup with the Outlaw this weekend, his dramatic win over Rory MacDonald at UFC 115, and why he’s become a loyal follower of Greg Jackson. Some highlights…
On Dan Hardy’s last fight against Georges St. Pierre: "It showed that Dan Hardy’s more of a stand-up guy, and he doesn’t have a whole lot of answers off his back."
On Hardy’s claim that "there’s beginning to be too much wrestling in the UFC": "If you can’t defend the takedown, then I’m sure you’re going to be upset about it. I’m not that kind of fighter [that uses wrestling just to hold positions], if I take you down I intend to beat you down."
On training with Greg Jackson: "His wealth of knowledge is impressive. He’s been doing MMA since before anybody even knew what UFC was, and I guarantee you that. In addition to that, his camp, he’s got so many great guys coming in there, you got guys from all over the world, all different styles, all different backgrounds, so you can’t beat that."
Does Josh Koscheck stand a chance against Georges St. Pierre? "Absolutely. Josh is a hell of a fighter. I definitely think he’s got a chance. I think that Georges is going to win the fight, but Koscheck, I wouldn’t count him out."
UFC 120 will be broadcast on Spike this Saturday via tape-delay, beginning at 9 pm. ET/PT.