UFC 154 promises one of the most anticipated headliners of the year. In the main event, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will make his long awaited return to action against Interim champion Carlos Condit. Condit was tapped to step in against contender Nick Diaz at UFC 143 after GSP suffered a devastating knee injury. "The Natural Born Killer" was able to overcome the odds and earn a unanimous decision victory by sticking to a very strict stick-and-move gameplan. Despite criticism of inactivity, Condit has chosen to wait until November to unify his interim belt with St. Pierre's championship.
In the meantime, the never ending discussion of a GSP vs. Anderson Silva superfight has once again floated to the surface. For the past two years, a fight between MMA pound-for-pound greats has been "in discussion" without any signs of fruition. Following Silva's destruction of his nemesis Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, the superfight prospect has reared its ugly head once again. MMA Weekly talked to Condit's manager Malki Kawa about the Interim champs thoughts on the superfight situation:
I don’t think Carlos has been a favorite in any one of his past three fights. I think in every one of his fights, either the fighter he’s fighting or the media or whoever said something about another fight or they’re going to set this fight up, and look at how it’s worked out for him.
He doesn’t care about none of this stuff, he just sits there and says, "Hey, I spoiled their plans once with Nick (Diaz). I’ll spoil it again with Georges."
Kawa is close with his recollection here, although Carlos Condit was a very slight favorite against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132, he's been an underdog in 2 of his last three fights against Nick Diaz and Dan Hardy. Despite overwhelming criticism of his strategy against Diaz, Condit blew away the odds with emphatic first round KO victories over both Kim and Condit.
Condit's manager Malki Kawa does have a point that Carlos has been underestimated in the past. However, against pound-for-pound champion Georges St. Pierre he's more than twice the underdog he's been in any of his last few bouts. On the other hand, St. Pierre is coming off an incredibly long lay off and a very serious knee surgery. Obstacles like that never favor returning athletes.