It has been a week of notable MMA retirements, first Joseph Benavidez, and now Carlos Condit. Condit’s decision to walk away from the sport of MMA was reported first by Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com, and later confirmed by Condit’s manager. Condit has yet to release a statement himself regarding his decision to walk away now, at 37 years old.
Condit has a storied career in MMA. He came to the UFC following a very impressive stay in the WEC, where he won the welterweight belt and defended it three times. Coming over to the UFC at a time when the business was booming, Condit made a name for himself among a “class” of future legends. In his rise to the top, he fought some of the toughest the UFC welterweight division had to offer.
During his journey, Condit saw wins over Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenburger, and Nick Diaz. Although towards the end of his career, the fights didn’t go his way, he still went hard against some of the best ever, including Georges St-Pierre, Damien Maia, and Robbie Lawler. Perhaps Condit’s crowning moment was his interim title win over Nick Diaz.
With Diaz now returning to action, many thought Condit could be the perfect opponent to welcome him home, however, it seems as if that rematch will never happen after all.
Carlos Condit has been talking about retirement for some time now but has always pushed the thought away. Now it seems he is ready to hang his gloves up for good and concentrate on outside ventures. Recently Condit has released his own signature type of jeans and has other business to his name. Condit has had one of the longest-running careers in the UFC welterweight division and at 19 hard-fought fights, it is time for “The Natural Born Killer” to enjoy some downtime.