Tomorrow night could be a career defining moment for the interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit. When Condit steps into the cage at UFC 154 in Montreal's Bell Centre to challenge Georges St-Pierre for the title of undisputed welterweight champion, he will not only be an underdog but he has in a way been overlooked by those who hope to see St-Pierre fight Anderson Silva in a dream super-fight.
For Condit being overlooked seems to have become the norm.
In February, Condit was set to face former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight title but most of the talk surrounding the fight seemed to be overshadowed by the fan's and media's desire to see Diaz challenge St-Pierre. It was the type of story people would want to see. The UFC's resident gentleman versus the resident bad boy.
Both Diaz and St-Pierre were not shy in sharing their dislike for each other. That dislike fueled the hype and Diaz spent much of his press time leading up the fight answering questions about St-Pierre and not Condit.
At UFC 143, Carlos Condit played the role of the spoiler and defeated Nick Diaz by decision to become the interim welterweight champion.
Through it all Condit played it cool and never showed any frustration from being overlooked.
Now, leading into this fight while people are constantly asking St-Pierre about a fight with Anderson Silva, Condit remains professional.
Condit is a 3-1 underdog and much of the media is again looking beyond him to future fights. Tomorrow night Condit looks to again play the role of spoiler and stop the 'St-Pierre vs Silva' hype dead in it's tracks.
The case for Condit is simple. Twenty-six of his twenty-eight wins have come by stoppage that is highest finish rate of any active fighter in MMA. He is a diverse striker that can knock you with a right hand or submit you from his back. Condit is the kind of fighter that s never out of a fight no matter how bad it may look. His cardio is never an issue and he is quickly becoming one of the most strategic fighters in the welterweight division.
Fan's, talking heads, and others can all say what they want. Carlos Condit has done nothing but scratch, crawl, and fight his way to be in the spot he is in. Under the radar may be just where he wants to be. Condit is one of the most respectable fighters in the UFC and without a doubt deserves a higher level of respect then he is getting.
Win or lose, Condit is a top tier athlete and MMA fighter. Should he pull off the upset, would we see people finally give him the respect he deserves? Or will we see people make excuses for his tactical style like they did when he picked Nick Diaz apart?
Do not miss UFC 154 live on pay per view November 17th from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.