Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit retires from MMA

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Carlos Condit, one of the best MMA welterweights in the world and beyond, has retired from the UFC, longtime manager Malki Kawa of First Round Management confirmed with ESPN on Thursday.

Nicknamed “The Natural Born Killer,” Condit was a former interim UFC welterweight champion and had been in the promotion for 12 years. He was in his 19th year as a professional MMA fighter.

In his last fight, Condit gave up a unanimous decision to Max Griffin at UFC 264 on July 10, ending a two-game winning streak.

Condit (32-14) defeated Nick Diaz to win the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 143 in February 2012. Ten months later, Condit fell to great Georges St-Pierre in a classic fight that unified the 170-pound titles at UFC 154.

Condit, 37, was known and appreciated for being an action fighter. He won five UFC Fight of the Night bonuses and two Knockout of the Night bonuses.

Condit, a product of JacksonWink MMA since the age of 15, is also a former WEC welterweight champion. From 2006 to 2012, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native went 13-1, one of the best stretches in MMA’s 170-pound division history. Condit holds victories against Diaz, former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald, Frank Trigg, Dan Hardy and Thiago Alves.

In January 2016, Condit lost a very slim split decision to Robbie Lawler in a welterweight title fight at UFC 195. The fight was perhaps the best of this year in MMA, and many felt that Condit was the rightful winner and should have been crowned champion.

After that, Condit lost four games in a row, seemingly signifying the end of the line. But he did come back and beat Court McGee last October and Matt Brown in January to claim his first consecutive winning streak since 2012.


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