After losing to Demian Maia last Saturday night via a submission in round one on UFC on Fox, Carlos Condit was saying afterwards that he’s not sure if he should continue fighting at MMA. The results of this match don’t present a rosy picture for the career of Condit. For Condit, he has a reason to be speculating about whether he should continue his career or not, as he suffered his fifth loss in his last seven fights.
The 32-year-old Condit’s once promising career has gone drastically downhill since his loss to Georges St-Pierre via a decision loss four years ago at UFC 154 in November 2012. That fight has led to Condit getting beaten by Johny Hendricks, Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler and now the 38-year-old Maia.
Losing to someone Maia’s age looks especially bad, because the 32-year-old Condit is supposed to win these matches against guys this age. If he can’t get a victory over the likes of Maia, then it might be a good idea for Condit to end his MMA career and go into coaching or something.
“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore,” Condit said at 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.”
The 6’2” Condit has been competing in the Mixed Martial Arts sport for the past 14 years, and he’s had various levels of success during that time. Condit never won a major title, but he was briefly the interim UFC welterweight champion back in 2012 after getting his biggest career win over Nate Diaz at UFC 143. Things haven’t worked out since that match for Condit, and at this point, it doesn’t appear that he’s going to be able to turn things around with his once promising career.
Condit was talking about ending his MMA career last January after getting beaten by Robbie Lawler by a decision at UFC 195. That match was for the UFC welterweight championship. Had Condit won it, he would have been looking good with his career. The results though showed that Condit wasn’t able to compete with the best at that time. Last nights’ loss to Maia seems to confirm that. Condit (30-10) is a good fighter, but just good enough to beat the better guys in the sport.