Carlos Condit is still unsure of his UFC future. In January, the fan favorite rocked and socked with Robbie Lawler for five rounds at UFC 195, in a championship bout that was hyped as an early fight of the year candidate.
Condit, who lost the fight via controversial split decision, is concerned about his long-term health but says a rematch with 'Ruthless' could entice him to return to the Octagon. The 32-year-old is also interested in a rematch with Nick Diaz, as he revealed in a recent interview with MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas.
"Really, honestly a rematch with Lawler without a doubt," Condit said. "Possibly a rematch with [Nick] Diaz. Two scenarios that I can think of that would interest me."
Condit and Diaz fought back in 2012 for the interim 170-pound title at UFC 143, in a fight that divided the MMA community and elicited controversy for a number of years. The Albuquerque resident won via unanimous decision, but many felt Diaz should have been crowned champ after winning rounds 1, 2 and 5. It's a bout that still, to some extent, doesn't sit right with the majority of fans after most expected a back-and-forth brawl between the two welterweights.
Condit elaborated on his health concerns and said the desire to continue fighting is still strong.
"It's not that I don't want to keep going. I still love fighting. I still have a passion for it; I still have a lot of fire. The question is whether it's the smartest thing for me to keep going. I've fought professionally - it'll be 14 years now in the fall I guess and that's a lot of wear and tear, that's a lot of wars in the cage, in the ring, and in the gym. I've just got to start thinking about the future. I'm still undecided as far as what that entails but I've got to be smart for the long term.
"I think it's common knowledge that getting punched in the head repeatedly for over a decade is probably not a good thing, probably not good for your health."
Condit is 2-4 in his last 6 but has fought a who's who of welterweight champions, including the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The former WEC champion currently sits as the #5 ranked welterweight fighter in the world.