Freelance: Condit at a Crossroads after Maia Loss

If 39-year-old Chinzo Machida’s Bellator debut reminded fight fans of anything, it’s some to the effect that commentator Jimmy Smith said that night: Sometimes it’s not so much about age, but mileage on a body. Unfortunately, “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit has the latter working against him.

In his 40th overall fight, the former WEC and interim UFC Welterweight champion was submitted by Demian Maia in just under two minutes. Questions about retiring reared their ugly head after his last fight, an ugly loss to the then-division champion, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. The fight world now awaits Condit’s next move.

“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore,” he said during the UFC on FOX 21 post-fight press conference. “I’ve been at this for a really long time, and the pressure of kind of being one of the top guys for almost a decade, it’s been awesome. I’ve loved being involved in this sport for the time that I have, and I’ve gotten to do what I love for a living for a long period of time. But, I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I belong here anymore. We’ll see.”

As other sources have mentioned, Condit is now 2-5 in his last seven fights (30-10 overall) and that includes the submission (rear-naked choke) loss to Maia, the war with Lawler, and a loss caused by a knee injury when he faced Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley.

“Honestly, I’ve had a tough career with a lot of fights and I’ve taken a lot of punishment,” Condit said. “And I don’t know if I can continue to take shots, honestly.” “I’ll probably talk to the people around me, talk to my wife, and kind of make the decision after we’ve had some discussion and then a little bit of assessing of where I’m going, what’s on the horizon.”