God Bless the power of the UFC Hype Machine. We've been fooled again. Maybe not me, but enough of you that you think that Carlos Condit may actually get to fight GSP someday. Protip: He’s gonna get blown out of the water tomorrow night.
He hasn’t done anything to warrant the things people are saying about him. Somehow knocking out Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim are substantial accomplishments? Barely scraping by Rory MacDonald and winning a split division over Jake Ellenberger are allegedly substantial accomplishments as well. Let’s not forget he lost to Martin Kampmann. Martin Fucking Kampmann. Yeah, that happened. Was it a close fight? Yeah. Did some people think he won? Yeah. But you forget, it was a close fight with Martin Fucking Kampmann, that’s a substantial accomplishment…
He has never fought anyone even close to the caliber of Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz is everything Carlos Condit wishes he was. He’s too fast, his cardio is too good and he is just hard as nails. It is now a five round fight and that’s something that should have Carlos shitting himself every step to the cage. Condit has literally no advantage. I don’t know where the myth that Condit has some unheralded knock out power and top 5 stand up came from. He’s never demonstrated that against anyone decent. This is literally on par when people were saying Dan Hardy could knock out GSP. It was just absurd then and it may be more absurd now because no one has ever knocked out Nick Diaz.
Nick Diaz crushed Paul Daley. That in itself is no accomplishment, but when you see that he stood and boxed with him, took his hardest shots and then knocked him out, that is a (not sarcastic) substantial accomplishment. The same Paul Daley who nearly decapitated Martin Kampmann. The same Martin Kampmann that beat your beloved Carlos Condit. I’m not a big supporter of MMA Math but when you look at this example it is as close to relevant as MMA Math can get.
While I still think some catastrophic event will always keep us from seeing the Nick Diaz vs Georges St. Pierre fight, it won’t be a loss to Carlos Condit.