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“Natural Born Killer” Moving to the UFC?

Multiple sources are reporting that the upcoming welterweight title match between WEC champ Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit and top contender Brock Larson — scheduled for WEC 39 on March 1st — has been canceled, with Condit on the verge of moving to the UFC. Though Five Ounces of Pain first reported the news, their claim that the Condit/Larson bout was scrapped due to an injury sustained by Larson is being refuted by MMA Weekly, who says that Condit was the one who first dropped out of the Corpus Christi WEC show due to a sprained wrist.

At any rate, it seems the UFC has decided that this might be a good time to bring Condit up to the big leagues; Condit is on an eight-fight win streak and hasn’t lost since June 2006. The current rumor is that he’ll be facing Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 (April 1st, Nashville), and it’s been speculated that this is the first step towards the elimination of the WEC’s welterweight division; the WEC discontinued its middleweight and light-heavyweight classes late last year, with the UFC signing standout fighters Brian Stann, Steve Cantwell, and Chael Sonnen.

In other UFC news…

— Replacing the injured Amir Sadollah against Nick Catone at UFC Fight Night 17 (February 7th, Tampa) will be UFC newbie Derek "The Gentleman" Downey, a Utah-based fighter who has built up a 10-3 record fighting in regional promotions. Nine of his 10 wins have come by first-round stoppage.

Houston Alexander is getting another chance to prove himself after taking his third-straight first-round loss to Eric Schafer last September. The Assassin will be returning at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas) against Andre Gusmao, the former IFL standout who dropped a decision to Jon Jones in his Octagon debut at UFC 87.

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Bootylam!- January 29, 2009 at 9:36 am
PYYY-YYYLE! Couldn't resist. Good move for the UFC. They should bring Miura up too, to test the testicular fortitude of some of these pretenders. That fool is seriously tough.
Pr1vate_Pyle- January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm
this is good shit... i love carlos condit, cant wait to see him in the UFC
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 11:50 am
voluntarily because they wouldn't pay him enough is my guess. i'm sure they renegotiated his contract like werdum.
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 11:42 am
AKA "were not gonna pay you what we said we would because ya lost"
Clue-by-Four- January 28, 2009 at 10:44 am
I can't wait to see how Condit handles himself in the UFC. Exciting times indeed.
jarhead- January 28, 2009 at 9:23 am
Condit can bring Brock Larson with him. I still want to see that rematch.
Anderson Silva who?- January 28, 2009 at 9:19 am
WEC = Mexican Westling

Scott- January 28, 2009 at 8:41 am you research, moron. CroCop was never "dropped" by the UFC. He left voluntarily, and Dana has mentioned several times he can return whenever he wants.
Jay Smith- January 28, 2009 at 8:18 am
If Houston Alexander loses his next fight "IM" gonna whup his ass!!!!!
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 8:11 am
Cro cop bought himself out of his contract. HE wanted out of the UFC
Terjay- January 28, 2009 at 8:09 am
Brock Lasnor
Robot- January 28, 2009 at 8:07 am
I kinda wanna see Houston get arm triangled again just so people se he hasnt learned anything and then maybe, just maybe hell finally be gone
agentsmith- January 28, 2009 at 8:02 am
I hope Condit beat up whoever messed with his ketchup bottle like that.
ADW- January 28, 2009 at 7:39 am
How the hell does Houston the ASS-assin still have a job. Its not the fact that he sucks that bothers me, its the fact that he sucks and doesn't want to change his training to get any better. I remember Joe Rogan talking about Houston's weight training routine at the time I was like " shouldn't he be learning some wrestling or Jiu-jitsu? and guess what I was right. Houston is going to get smashed again and they seriously need to fire his ass.

Its about time that Condit came to the UFC. That guy is awesome. Just think of all of the awesome fights they could setup with his arrival.
cleanshirt- January 28, 2009 at 7:21 am
From the Kevin Iole Mailbag....


What do promotions do in instances of judges scoring a fight wrong? Obviously it’s an opinion, but the judge that had the scorecard 30-27 in favor of Rich Franklin over Dan Henderson was asinine. Was he a judge in the Matt Hamill vs. Michael Bisping fight in 2007?

Kyle Snow

The fights in the U.S. are held under the jurisdiction of the athletic commission of whatever state the card is in. Thus, the promoter would have no say in the selection and appointment of judges or in how they work. The only thing a promoter could do if he disagreed with the judging would be to put together a rematch. For UFC fights in the U.K., because the sport is not sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control, the UFC’s vice president, Marc Ratner, serves as the commission. He selects the judges and referees and they’re paid by the UFC. That creates an appearance of impropriety that has to change, even though Ratner’s integrity cannot be questioned. Ratner, for those who don’t know, is the long-time executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission and is one of the most respected men in combat sports regulation. The judge who scored it 30-27 for Franklin was Chris Watts, the same man who scored it 30-27 for Matt Hamill over Michael Bisping.

Can the potato do an expose into the habits of one Chris Watts? What was that guy seeing??
mayhem420- January 28, 2009 at 6:52 am
Cro-Cop asked out the UFC did not cut him.
Houston had better learn a ground game and fast, that or develop a chin.
So after this lose he will be gone..... right? I mean he has to be... right?
bpd- January 28, 2009 at 6:49 am
If Derek Downey does his walk in to Afghan Whigs, or wears a top hat and monocle to the Octagon, he has a lifelong fan in me.
agentsmith- January 28, 2009 at 6:41 am
This HAS to be Houston Alexander's last last chance, right?
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 6:32 am
Good to hear about Condit, But Alexander again I mean damn! He must LOOOVE the taste of Danas pee pee pee!
jdog- January 28, 2009 at 6:22 am
Looks like another first round loss for Houston - Gusmao is a black belt under Renzo Gracie and an athletic freak.
Jugger- January 28, 2009 at 6:20 am
Condit is legit. Can't wait to see him in the UFC.
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 6:19 am
so they drop crocop after 2 losses but keep houston around for like 4 oh yeah they only have to pay him like 2 grand, seriously UFC spring for some real fighters. some of the b league fighters like condit are better than dudes in the ufc moving thems a good idea.