Carlos Condit will return to the cage on August 3rd to defend his title against Hiromitsu Miura. He is currently preparing for that bout and recently took a few minutes to speak to me about that fight and a few other topics.
SS: Thanks for joining me Carlos, how's training going?CC: It's going good. I was sick for a few days but now it's getting ready to pick up here soon.
SS: You're next fight is with Miura, what do you know about him and what are you expecting?
CC: I know he's a tough competitor. He prefers to strike. His style is relentless, he'll keep coming and I'm preparing to go a full five rounds.
SS: I have to ask about the nickname, it's one of the best in the sport. Where did "The Natural Born Killer" come from?
CC: When I was just getting started the movie was actually being filmed in a town close to where I grew up. I thought it was cool and it resembles what I'm trying to do as a competitor.
SS: You had a wrestling background when you were younger, how did you get into mixed martial arts?
CC: I remember watching the old school UFC's before it was huge. Going into the special interest section at the video store and renting them. I fell in love with sport and knew it was something I wanted to do.
SS: Did you ever think back then it would be a career for you?CC: Nobody thought they could make a career out of it back then. I knew the sport would be big but nowhere near what it is today.
SS: Who were some of the fighters from the early days you liked watching?CC: Oleg Taktarov I remember watching a lot. Don Frye's style back then was awesome, very aggressive. BJ Penn and Jens Pulver I liked a lot also.
SS: Speaking of Jens Pulver, what were your thoughts on the WEC battle between him and Urijah Faber?
CC: Wow, what an awesome fight. I was fortunate to be cageside. What those two guys did made me proud to be a part of the WEC and mma in general. It was great.
SS: There are still people that consider the WEC the minor leagues to the UFC, what do you have to say to that?
CC: That's crazy. There is a ton of great talent in the WEC.
SS: There are also rumblings about a few guys, such as yourself, that might get to fight UFC fighters. Have you heard anything to that effect at all?CC: I know I want to fight the best guys. The best fighters fight for Zuffa (UFC and WEC's parent company) and I know I can compete with anyone. You hear rumors but you're not sure if they're concrete or reliable. I have beaten UFC veterans in the past so that proves I can hang with them.
SS: Is there anyone out there that you would like to fight?
CC: I'm just looking to fight the top fighters out there. I love to strike so someone with a similar style to me. Someone comparable to Nick Diaz and with his aggressive style.
SS: You are considered one of the most well rounded fighters in the game, is there one aspect that you work on a little more than anything else?
CC: I think I need to improve my takedown defense a little bit. My ground game is decent but my frame makes it a little easier for me to be taken down.
SS: What is your most memorable fight you've had so far and also your toughest?
CC: The most memorable is when I beat John Alessio for the WEC title. A lot of people were counting me out in that one. That dude was running his mouth a lot so that was pretty nice. I'd have to say my toughest fight was with Jake Shields. It was a back and forth close fight that he came out on top in. That fight proved to me that I belonged and taught me a lot about myself.
SS: You're only 24 right now, what long term goals do you have for yourself?
CC: I'm doing what I love to do. Hopefully I can compete at the pro level for another decade or so. After that I plan on sticking with the sport as an instructor and maybe own a few schools.
SS: Carlos, I truly appreciate the time, it's been a pleasure talking to you.
CC: Same here, thanks.