Fresh off his impressive comeback victory over jiu-jitsu fighter Thiago Alves during Saturday's UFC 171 in Dallas, welterweight contender Carlos Condit is paying close attention to the upcoming UFC 189 pay-per-view event on July 11, when reigning welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will stake his title on the line for the first time against top contender Rory Macdonald. After his impressive win, Condit is expected to be closely monitoring the outcome of the title fight after boldly declaring that he has his sights set on becoming the UFC's next welterweight champion.
“Whoever has the title after Lawler and Rory fight, I want that guy,” Condit, who is just 14 months removed from a serious knee injury, told the crowd after beating Alves. The 31-year-old Condit clarified that he has no preferred opponent between the two equally talented mixed martial arts welterweights, but stressed that he is focused on wrapping the title belt on his waist.
The former UFC interim welterweight champion has some history with Macdonald, particularly their thrilling face-off dating back to June 2010 when Condit almost lost because of points but recovered after unleashing a series of punches that led to a third-round technical knockout victory over the British Columbia-born Macdonald. The fight was a mere seven seconds away from being determined by the scorecards when Condit unleashed a barrage of attacks that decided the outcome.
Macdonald was afforded the opportunity to even the slate when a rematch was scheduled for March 2013 at UFC 158. However, the 25-year-old Macdonald was a late scratch due to a knee injury and was eventually replaced by Johny Hendricks.
After his latest win, Condit added that the unfinished business with the currently No. 2-ranked Macdonald will make for an interesting subplot and he even surmised that the Canadian welterweight fighter will be up to the challenge of facing him once again.
Condit's latest win vaulted him to No. 4 in the current UFC welterweight standings. Before the match with Alves, Condit also expressed a willingness to avenge his defeat to Tyron Woodley in March 2014 -- the same bout in which he injured his knee. It is now unclear if Condit’s preference still holds true after his announcement that he wants to face the winner between Macdonald and current welterweight champion Lawler, next.
UFC President Dana White has not yet remarked on Condit's challenge. Nevertheless, Condit's win over the Brazilian Alves adds to his legacy as one of the sport’s best knockout artists, increasing his TKO count to 28 out of the 30 total victories.
Watch the highlights of how Condit reminded his followers of his "Natural Born Killer" monicker after he emerged bloodied yet victorious over the No. 12-ranked Alves:
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