Young Carlos Condit made his debut on the silver screen in the movie Natural Born Killers as a 10-year-old boy surveying the carnage left behind by the movie’s main characters. MMA fans are now filling that role when they watch Condit fight in the octagon. The youngster has put together an impressive 24-5 career record, and will take on Rory MacDonald at UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin.
Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico Condit was in the right place at the right time when filmmaker Oliver Stone came to town. Now, he makes carnage of his own in the UFC. Training since the age of nine, Condit brings a never quit attitude to the ring.
“I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some sort of a different feeling in my body when I train now,” Condit says. “I can still take punishment, I can still dole out punishment and I still have no quit in me, but – let’s face it – this is the main stage now. This is the Octagon, man.”
Throughout his years, Condit has held several odd jobs while training. Night-club bouncer and water-park lifeguard are just some of the occupations one would find on Condit’s resume. WEC welterweight champion is one of the jobs Condit has held in the past. Condit defended his title successfully three times before making his UFC debut in 2009.
Condit’s debut in the UFC was a forgettable one. He lost a split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18. He redeemed himself at the next Fight Night event in September, this time coming out on top of a decision against Jake Ellenberger.
McDonald will be Condit’s opponent at UFC 115, fighting on his home soil in Canada. The UFC new comer has been turning heads all over Canada, and has amassed a 13-0 professional record. The majority of MacDonald’s wins have come via submission, but he is also dangerous with his fists.
The event Saturday night will be the first Pay-Per-View event for MacDonald. Condit thinks fighting in Canada might add extra pressure to MacDonald.
“I think all the pressure is on him,” said Condit. “Whenever I’ve fought in my hometown before it’s a whole lot of added stress. We’ll see how MacDonald handles it. No matter what, I’m going to get in the octagon and perform and do what I’m best at. Geography doesn’t enter into it. But a nice knee to the jaw ought to quiet them down.”
MMA Sportsbooks have set MacDonald as the slight favorite fighting on his home turf at -140. Condit has been set as the slight underdog at +110 despite his advantage in experience.