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Confident and Motivated, Condit Okay With Familiar Underdog Status

By Mike Russell

If you didn’t know any better, you would assume by looking at the odds for Saturday night’s UFC 143 main event interim welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit that betting on Diaz would earn you some easy money.

Fortunately this isn’t pro-wrestling and bout outcomes aren’t pre-determined, because Condit hasn’t followed the scripts written for him by the bookies for most of his fights and he doesn’t plan on starting at this point of his career.

“I’m probably the underdog as far as the betting lines go, but that’s where I’ve been my whole career,” he explains with a shrug. “I’m excited for this fight. I know I have all of the tools to come out on top. I’m motivated and am in shape. I’ve been training since July for this fight. I had some cancellations and some change-ups, but I stayed focus on making sure I’m ready.”

Spending the better part of seven months in the gym has ensured that Carlos remained focused and didn’t become complacent in training, even through the holidays. Although he says that he didn’t have an issue sticking to his diet and keeping his nose through the grindstone through December, he worried at the time that he would be the only one in the gym.

“It wasn’t so much about me staying motivated. It’s that a lot of the guys at the gym were back home,” he explains. “We have a lot of guys at Jackson’s who come in from other places and they went home for Christmas, so my main concern was having enough training partners for the holidays, but I did. They came through for me and so did my coaches and I’m so grateful to them for that.”

In spite of having to make some sacrifices, Condit made sure to make the time for his family the past few months. The former WEC welterweight champ explains that now that he has a son, his outlook on fighting has changed.

“[Having a baby] is a huge motivating factor. I take [fighting and training] a lot more seriously now and I realize how fortunate I am to be able to fight for a living and to be able to make a good living doing what I love,” Condit says earnestly. “I also am able to spend a lot of time with my son, which I probably wouldn’t be able to do if I was punching a clock, working a nine to five.”

Although he says he isn’t looking past Diaz as far as his fighting career goes, “The Natural Born Killer” points out that he is making moves to ensure that he has alternate forms of income when he walks out of the cage for the last time.

“I worked a bit on a movie they filmed out in Albuquerque. Other than that I have a couple business ventures I’m working on,” he says. “I’m a partner in a small clothing store and I have a few other lines in the water. I plan on leveraging my success as a fighter to continue to be successful when I’m done fighting.”

Current fighters take note.

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XENOPHON- February 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm
@jizzninja - I'll do the swap, if your take the 3rd shot?
XENOPHON- February 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm
@Fletch the V Stretch - granted she recently squeezed out a little mexican, she stills needs to jump some rope if wants to ever get back to pole dancing. Sure she looked OK before the bambino, but the kids old enough now that her ass should have been back to the old ways........................................................................................................................................
She has those American Indian cheek features to her know, one of those big wide boned faces that could withstand the vice Nicky Santoro used in Casino.
..........................................................................................................................................[Nicky has Dogs head in a vise]
Nicky Santoro: Hey, Dogs, can you hear me?
Tony Dogs: [looks over]
Nicky Santoro: Listen, Dogs. I've got your head in a vise. I'll squash your fucking head like a grapefruit, if you don't give me a name.
[now in reasonable voice]
Nicky Santoro: Come on, Anthony. We go way back. Don't make me do this, please. Don't make me have to be the bad guy here.
Tony Dogs: [weakly] Fuck you.
Nicky Santoro: [miffed] Fuck me?
[to cohorts]
Nicky Santoro: Do you believe this? Two whole days and nights now.
[turns to vise and starts twisting it almost spinning it like a sailor's wheel]
Nicky Santoro: Fuck me? Huh? Fuck me, motherfucker? Fuck my mother? Is that what you're telling me?
Tony Dogs: [gasps painfully as one of his eyes literally sprouts out of its socket!]
Nicky Santoro: [upon seeing this] Oh God, please give me a name.
Tony Dogs: [gasping] Charlie, Charlie M.
jizzninja- February 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Condit will knock him out then go home and get on top his sexy ass girlfriend and spray babies in her mouth then xeno and her will swap cumspit
SnackDaddy- February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am
Conduit has one punch knockout power, and i am afraid this fight might end too quickly.
Ricardo Guitardo- February 3, 2012 at 11:40 am
I predict a 2nd round ref stoppage due to an ill-fitting, oversized jock strap being used by one of the fighters who shall remain nameless.
bootystar- February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am
once bitten, twice shy, no sense asking for more of a beating, just get out before you need a doctor to check you out, could be a serious fight, hopefully it's a barn burner & the roof is on fire to make sure everyone stays inside
Fletch the V Stretch- February 3, 2012 at 11:30 am
Obviously MR is not educated on much. His wife is hot, not fat, porky.
XENOPHON- February 3, 2012 at 11:14 am
MR (knock off on Mark Richards) - what the fuck do you mean by this statement: Condit hasn’t followed the scripts written for him by the bookies for most of his fights?
A bit part in a movie, a small clothing store, and few lines in the water won't cut it. If you're friends with Condit, tell him to save his cash, sell some smoke on the side, that fat porky wife of his can do dime bag deliveries, and once Zuffa gives him the boot he should consider college and enter politics just like his ass-kissing father.
Goog- February 3, 2012 at 11:11 am
I predict a back and forth match for about a round and a half, then when Diaz stops and taunts GSP at ringside, Condit rolls him up in a small package for a quick three and it's over. Then Mayhem's music hits and they beat the piss out of Diaz and GSP, Mayhem, and the ref all pull their shirts off to reveal DWO shirts underneath.
XENOPHON- February 3, 2012 at 11:09 am
MMAExpertNewb - no fucking shit, its old news. No underdog ever fights in the top 10.
dignan- February 3, 2012 at 11:02 am
Kids gonna get whooped.
Get Off Me- February 3, 2012 at 11:00 am
Carlos will not be able to set up leg strikes with Diaz's pressure.
Carlos to win if fight goes under 2 rds and Diaz to win if fight goes over 2 rounds. If judges are involved, chances are Condit implemented Jackson's plan and wins decision via top position on the ground.
Get Off Me- February 3, 2012 at 10:57 am
Jackson's gameplan is to have Condit get the fight to the ground.
If Condit can get Diaz to the ground, he may be able to benefit from staying on top en route to winning rounds on the cards.
I do not see Condit submitting Diaz, so this leaves the possibility that he will be able to hurt Diaz enough to earn a stoppage...something that will most likely happen in rds 1 or 2.
As the fight goes on, Carlos will have less power in his hands while Diaz will throw the same volume and same power for the entire fight.
I think Carlos will not be able to set up strikes with his limbs due to Diaz's constant pressure and if this fight stays on the feet, the better boxer(Diaz) will dictate the action and win.
Carlos to win if fight 2rds is what I'm thinking.
Mike Russell- February 3, 2012 at 10:51 am
He opened as the underdog against Koscheck and was the underdog in the ROTR tourney, his fight with Verissimo and his WEC title fight with John Alessio.

I think he was referring to his big fights he was meant to lose.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 3, 2012 at 10:49 am
This is going to be such an awesome fight. I predict Fight of the Night for sure.

War Carlos. Diaz is a brawler and a warrior so if he wins I will not be upset. Like I said it better not go to the judges or Diaz is almost guaranteed the nod.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 3, 2012 at 10:48 am
Carlos is dreamy.
google- February 3, 2012 at 10:46 am
Feel sad for Diaz. Not only is he going to get beat, he does not have any other ventures.Triathlons pay shit homey!
MMAExpertNewb- February 3, 2012 at 10:45 am
Hey CP! Can we please get a ban on fighters claiming to be "an underdog my entire career" when it's obviously not true. It gets old.

Here are some examples:

Condit vs. Ellenberger (Condit -350)
Condit vs. Miura (Condit -575!!)
Condit vs. Prater (Condit -400)
Condit vs. Larson (Condit -120)

In most of his UFC fights he's been at around +120. Hardly worthy of the old "I'm always the underdog, I get no respect" type comment.
bootystar- February 3, 2012 at 10:41 am
condit has the face of a guy who would look good on a television action series on thursday primetime. See it now "sheild of the centurion"
holeeball- February 3, 2012 at 10:39 am
This Conduit seems a nice fellow. I already feel sad for him now *tear*