Carlos Condit is the one of the last of a dying breed.
After nearly 20 years in the fight game, with stops in King of the Cage, Pancrase, Rumble on the Rock, WEC, and the UFC, and a career that reads like an almanac of MMA history, there are few welterweights active today whose résumé matches the sheer volume and breadth of Condit’s. To put his journey into perspective, Tobey Maguire’s first “Spider-Man” film was the No. 1 movie in the country the same year Condit first donned his four-ounce gloves as a lanky Albuquerque teen in 2002. In other words, he’s been at this for a long time.
“I am acutely aware that my career is probably in its twilight,” Condit told MMA Fighting. “So every time I get to come out here with my coaches, who are really good friends of mine, and get the opportunity to get in there and fight, which has always been my dream, I know that I absolutely cherish it.”
At age 37, it’s anyone’s best guess how much time Condit has left to compete. We asked the former UFC interim welterweight champion to reflect back: After 19 years across 14 promotions and 45 fights, which nights stand out the most to “The Natural Born Killer”? If he could only single out the five bouts that shaped his Hall of Fame career the most, which performances would Condit pick?
Let’s find out.