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Carlos Condit is 'addicted' to the 'adrenaline' rush of fighting

Carlos Condit, after a decorated fourteen-year career, explains why he's not likely to give up MMA anytime soon.

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The battle between Carlos Condit and Robbie Lawler is already etched into the MMA history books. Both welterweights collided in a championship clash at UFC 195, which saw 'Ruthless' defend his title for the second time after swinging toe-to-toe with Condit for five rounds.

The fifth round, in particular, is not likely to be for forgotten anytime soon as Condit and Lawler both fought until the brink of exhaustion in the final minutes. It was Lawler's hand that was raised after a hard-fought split decision, and 'The Natural Born Killer' considered retirement in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Condit has been competing in MMA since he was 17-years-old -- it's in his blood -- but the Albuquerque-born fighter isn't calling it a career just yet.

In a feature interview with Duane Finley of Flo Combat, Condit says that fighting is just something he was born to do.

"It's a crazy thing to go through something like that, and it's something most people wouldn't want anything to do with, but that is what I'm addicted to. I'm addicted to that feeling. And pushing myself beyond where I thought possible because fighting is a crazy thing. Before these fights, everything in your body freaks out like it's saying, 'No....don't do this,' but you still make that walk and do it. Going through those things and coming out on the other side, no matter how the fight turns out, is a win."

The former welterweight interim champion, who will take on Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 21, says he'd probably be 'collecting skulls' on a battlefield in some past life.

"As far as taking another fight: that's part of it. That's what I do because I love this shit," he says. "The high-profile fights are what matter to me because I have a family to take care of. That's how I put food on the table. That's my job.

"This career affords me the opportunity to accumulate money, power and respect. It's also possible I was born in the wrong time because I feel I would do well on a battlefield collecting skulls."

Maia, who is widely regarded as one of the most technical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the sport, is one a five-fight win streak and is on his own quest for championship glory.

Condit will take on Maia at UFC on FOX 21 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on August 27.