Hello Buzz Fans, I wanted to kick the New Year off with a story that I think inspires; a story that we the people should model our 2021 year off of after the terrible 2020 year that we have survived. A man who has been to the absolute top of the mountain, had a rough streak and has refused to give up. I’m speaking of former WEC welterweight champion and former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
When it comes to milestones and things accomplished in the UFC, I always think of Condit. Dating way back to the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting), the first time I saw Condit was his Championship fight against John Allessio. The two were fighting for the vacated Welterweight title and Condit handily beat Allesio with a rear naked choke in the second round. He would retain the belt three more times before the UFC dissolved the WEC and the welterweight division. He was the very last WEC Welterweight Champion, finishing at 5-0 before the UFC took the company over. After that I followed his career, and I gotta say the pleasure was all mine.
When you knew Carlos was fighting you knew you were getting your money’s worth every time he entered the cage. He lost his very first fight in the UFC to Martin Kampmann in a razor thin decision that many people (including myself) thought that Condit won the fight. FightMetric had actually scored the fight as a draw. After that Condit faced a who’s who of the UFC welterweight division, beating the likes of former Bellator Welterweight Champion Rory McDonald, Jake Ellenberger, and many more. I’ll never forget the knockout of Dan Hardy, Condit was the very first man to ever KO Hardy, doing it with a blistering left hand. Then a really good fight against Nick Diaz, in which he won the Interim Welterweight Division. The unification fight with GSP he lost, but he was the second man to ever knockdown GSP with a head kick. GSP after the fight would say that Condit was the best fighter he’s ever fought.
Then he lost to up and coming former strikeforce welterweight Tyron Woodley, where he took a leg kick that destroyed his leg and the fight was stopped. After beating Thigo Alves, he faced Robbie Lawler at UFC 193. This was to me the most entertaining fight I had seen up to that time, with both men knocking each other down, and in the end Lawler got the controversial decision. After that fight, Condit went on a five fight losing streak, and many thought the writing was on the wall for Carlos Condit. But after two long years of bad luck, Condit got back to his winning ways. On October 4 2020, he knocked down Court Mcgee in the first and cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Mcgee.
Now, on January 20th, at Fight Island, he faces a fighter that he is very familiar with, “The Immortal” Matt Brown. Two other times this fight was supposed to happen, once on December 14th of 2013 and then April 14th 2018, both times Brown had to withdraw due to injuries sustained in training camp. So is the third time a charm? We already know that the headliner of Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimeav is cancelled due to Chimaev still feeling unwell from COVID. Either way this is the fight I look forward to out of the whole month of January. Both men can and will throw leather and have good submissions, both are fan favorites and are exciting fighters.
So I ask you, the fans? Who wins this fight? Does “The Immortal” come out on top? Or am I right and think that this is just the start of the comeback of Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit?