Bio and Fight Career
Carlos Condit was born on April 26, 1984 and was reared in Albuquerque, NM where his father worked in politics, most notably as Chief of Staff to former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. While in public school, Carlos was introduced to wrestling at age 9.
He would continue wrestling throughout his time in Albuquerque's schools and age 15 would begin training martial arts under Greg Jackson, who would ultimately become his long time MMA Coach.
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As soon as Carlos Condit turned 18 years old he began his professional mixed martial arts career. In 2002, he won his debut in Juarez, Mexico via rear-naked choke.
Carlos Condit would go on to win his next 4 fights with only one of those four fights going beyond the one minute mark. He would experience the first taste of defeat in Japan while fighting under the shoot boxing rule set against the former Shoot Boxing World Tournament and 95 fight veteran. The younger, less-experienced Condit would take this veteran into the 5th round and would lose by TKO after being knocked down three times in the final round with only 17 seconds left.
Upon returning to MMA, Carlos Condit would go on another 8 fight win streak before tasting defeat again. He would bounce back from this loss and put together another 4 fight win streak before he found himself in Japan fighting in Pancrase. He would then spend time in the Hawaii-based promotion Rumble on the Rock where he would submit Frank Trigg and secure a 17 second stoppage of Renato Verissimo before meeting Jake Shields in the final match of Rumble on the Rock 9 where they would go the distance for the first time in Carlos Condit's career, but the unanimous decision victory would go to Shields.
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After another brief stint fighting in Japan, Carlos Condit would make his debut on the larger stage of the World Extreme Cagefighting organization where he would would have a perfect 5-0 fight record. In his second fight, he met John Alessio for the vacant WEC welterweight title and would become the final welterweight champion of the organization, as the UFC would secure a purchase of the WEC organization in 2008.
Carlos Condit would make his entrance into the UFC in spring of 2009 facing Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut. The fight was an extremely close split decision and the nod was given to Kampmann. In his second UFC fight, Carlos Condit was slated to fight wily veteran Chris Lytle who unfortunately suffered a knee injury prior to the match. Newcomer Jake Ellenberger was brought in as a replacement and Carlos Condit would defeat him securing that first UFC victory.
In his next UFC 115 fight against Rory MacDonald, the two would receive Fight of the Night honors with the win going to Carlos Condit via third round TKO.
At UFC 120, Carlos Condit would become the first man to knockout Dan Hardy and would also secure a Knockout of the Night bonus for his troubles. A knee injury would keep him from revisiting his previous match with Chris Lytle and it would not be until UFC 132 that we would see Carlos Condit in action again where he would again earn knockout of the night against Dyong Hyun Kim which was Kim's first professional MMA loss.
At this point, Carlos Condit was expected to fight BJ Penn at UFC 137, however a change was made by President Dana White which saw Nick Diaz being pulled from his fight with Georges St. Pierre and the card. This put Carlos Condit in a spot to face Georges St. Pierre, but this fight was not to happen as St. Pierre suffered a knee injury while training. Carlos Condit decided not to fight against a replacement fighter planning instead to face St. Pierre on his return. Diaz would go on to defeat BJ Penn on the UFC 137 card and Carlos Condit would not receive his opportunity to face GSP as it the fight was slated to be given to Nick Diaz.
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At UFC 143, in February of 2012, Carlos Condit was scheduled to face Josh Koschek on the same card that Georges St. Pierre was expected to fight Nick Diaz, but due to another knee injury sustained by GSP, Carlos Condit faced Nick Diaz in a match that would crown an Interim Welterweight Champion. Carlos Condit would go on to win that fight via a unanimous decision and become the interim champ.
At the end of 2012, at UFC 154 Carlos Condit would finally meet Georges St. Pierre and become only the second fighter to ever knock GSP down, but despite this knockdown, GSP was able to prevail and ultimately win the unanimous decision. The two athletes would win Fight of the Night honors and GSP would declare that Carlos Condit was the best fighter he had ever fought.
Scheduled to fight Rory MacDonald at UFC 158, Carlos Condit would instead meet Johnny Hendricks and though he was able to outstrike the wrestler, the number of takedowns Hendricks was able to land in each round gave him the edge in the judges eyes and he would go on to win the fight. Once again, Carlos Condit found himself winning Fight of the Night honors for his performance.
At UFC Fight Night 27, Carlos Condit would meet Martin Kampmann again and this time would secure the victory with his striking prowess. This would also be his fourth overall Fight of the Night honor (third consecutive) during his career.
In his next match at UFC 171, Carlos Condit would fight Tyron Woodley. During the match, Carlos Condit would suffer a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus in defeat and be kept away from the cage for over a year.
He would return in May of 2015 to be victorious over the always tough Thiago "Pitbull" Alves. The fight would end in a TKO of Alves.
Carlos Condit would have to wait for his next opponent Robbie Lawler as he worked through injury, but the two would meet in 2016 as the headlining match of UFC 195. In a controversial split decision, Carlos Condit lost to Robbie Lawler. The two won Fight of the Night honors for the affair and many media outlets scored the fight for Condit, despite the judges decision.
In his next four fights, Carlos Condit would meet legends and veterans in Demian Maia, Neil Magny, Michael Chiesa and Alex Oliveira where he would against taste defeat in each battle. In 2019, due to a detached retina, Carlos Condit was forced to withdraw from an upcoming fight with Mickey Gall.
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With over 50 professional fights and 40 victories, Carlos Condit made a career being one of the most feared strikers in the welterweight ranks, first in the WEC with his perfect 5-0 record and later in the UFC, facing a who's who of legendary opponents and winning Fight of the Night nearly every time he walked in the cage. Now you can learn directly from Carlos Condit, with Combat Tested Striking Combinations available here from Dynamic Striking. Get yours now!