Fans adored him because he lived up to his nickname every time he entered the cage – scowling as he paced his corner, never breaking eye contact with his opponent so that he was presented before stepping forward and lashing out hell, always ready to risk defeat to chase victory.
Meanwhile, his peers also respected his entertaining style, his approach to his craft, the impossible strength of the schedule he accumulated throughout his career, and his humility appreciated him even more. his colleagues and his contemporaries.
And with the media, he was always frank and thoughtful; its muted tone and its cadence outside a singular rhythm in a landscape filled with similarity. His open-mindedness always made him an interesting interview topic, and his sense of humor and authenticity made him someone you always looked forward to catching up with, even if you only had to. ‘one moment.
On Thursday, the 37-year-old Albuquerque native retired from mixed martial arts competition, ending his career with a 32-14 record that included a four-fight WEC welterweight reign, an interim victory of the UFC welterweight title and Fight of the Victorious performances in championship games against Georges St-Pierre and Robbie Lawler while each was at the peak of their respective capacities.
Although he had moments in the fight with St-Pierre, the French-Canadian champion controlled the majority of this contest and rightfully won a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 154, but the fight with Lawler was different, and the result lingered with Condit for years.
“The fight against Robbie Lawler has cost me a lot,” he told me in July, ahead of what is now the final fight of his career – a unanimous decision loss to Max Griffin. “That was the highlight of my career – fighting for the undisputed welterweight title – and I thought I had a really good performance and it didn’t work out my teeth. . “