Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit tasted defeat last Saturday night to the tough Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia in getting submitted in round one with a rear-naked choke at UFC on Fox Maia vs. Condit in Vancouver, Canada. This was a big win for the fresh faced 38-year-old Maia, as he won his sixth straight match since suffering a decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170 February 2014. The victory for Maia will get him a title shot.
It was supposed to be a competitive contest last Saturday night between two evenly matched fighters. However, Maia was just way too good for Condit to handle. Maia jumped on Condit within a minute and a half of round one, getting on his back and dominating until the 32-year-old Condit tapped out at 1:52 of round one. It was the performance of the night on the card
The victory for Maia gives him the most wins of any fighter in in UFC history, believe it or not. That’s kind of surprising because Maia hasn’t had a lot of success in winning big matches like the more notable UFC fighters. But he’s done well at the level of competition that he’s been fighting at. Maia wants to get a title shot against Tyron Woodley. The MMA fans loved what they saw last night, and it’ll be nice to see if Maia can continue to find success.
“Right now, I think, is six in a row. This guy’s a former champion. This guy has been knocking out everybody. This is the guy who I watched his fight with Robbie Lawler and many people think he won, and I also think (he won), so for me he was the champion. I knew it would be a hard fight,” Maia said after the match.
Maia won’t get a crack at Woodley yet, because he’s going to be battling Stephen Thompson in his next match. Maia will need to wait for the smoke to clear from that fight before he gets his shot against Woodley and his title.
The victory for Maia over Condit gives him another scalp to add to his collection of fine pelts that he’s accumulated in his last six matches. During his recent string of success, Maia has beaten Condit, Matt Brown, Gunnar Nelson, Neil Magny, Ryan LaFlare and Alexander Yakaslev. Those are all very good fighters. Things were looking bleak for Maia’s career in 2013-14 with him losing to Jake Shields and Rory McDonald in back to back matches in decision losses. However, Maia has ironed out his career problems and put together some fine wins since then. Whether this is an indication that Maia has improved or not is the big question. It’s quite possible that the main reason for Maia’s string of success is the fact that he’s facing lesser opposition now compared to back in 2014 when he was mixing it with some very good fighters.
As for Condit, he needs to think hard whether he should continue his MMA career or not. The results of this fight suggest it might be a good idea for Condit to retire.
“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore. I don’t know if I belong here anymore. We’ll see,” Condit said via Fox Sports. “I’ll probably talk to the people around me, talk to my wife, and probably make the decision after some discussion.”