Carlos Condit is coming off of a great win over a tough challenger in Hirumitsu Miura at WEC 35. Most people cosndier Condit a top ten welterweight in the world and some rank him as a top 5. He has the distinction, along with Jake Shields of being the best welterweights outside the UFC. The UFC clearly has a monopoly of fighters in the welterweight divison and the light heavyweight divison. If someone wants to fight the best guys and prove themselves in that way, the UFC is the place for 170 and 205 lb fighters. Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports poses the interesting thought in his blog about what is next for Condit. Here is what Condit had to say:
There are a lot of tough guys – a lot of them, believe me – but you just have to fight whoever they tell you to fight, I’m proud to be the WEC champion and whoever I fight, whenever I fight, wherever I fight, I’ll do it as the WEC champion.
In the WEC Condit holds wins over Miura, Carlo Prater, John Alessio, Brock Larson and Kyle Jensen. Who else is there to fight in the WEC? Larson probably regained number 1 contender status with his defeat of Carlo Prater, but why give him the re-match? Condit admitetd he would like to avenge loses to Jake Shields, Pat Healy, and Satoru Kitaoka. Perhaps the WEC could work one of those fights out. The Jake Shields fight is unlikely because he is locked up the EliteXC, although I have to believe Shields would like to be the UFC fighting tougher talent. They could sign one of the other guys for Condit to avenge, but what else is there? Nothing. No one thinks Healy or Kitaoka is an overall better fighter than Condit. I do not know what Condit wants, but if he wants to prove himself as a top welterweight Zuffa is going to have to move him over to the UFC. It looks like a fight between some of the WEC guys and UFC guys could take place some time. It also had been said by Dana White that he’d like to make the WEC devoted to lighter weights and would move the WEC 185 and 205 divisons over the the UFC. All that would give the UFC would be Brian Stann, Steven Cantwell, Mark Munoz, Paulo Filho, Chael Sonnen and Brian Bowles and maybe Steve Steinbeiss, Jake Rosholt and Shane Roller. The bottom line is that Condit should be in the big leagues and not the minors. He should be fighting against the St. Pierres and Fitchs of the world and not the Larsons. He can keep amassing wins in the WEC a la Urijah Faber, but until he fights St. Pierre, Fitch or Penn we will never know how good he really is. Here is what I suspect. I suspect Condit needs 2 or 3 more wins before he has to be moved. I suspect a re-match with Brock Larson and I also suspect that with one more win Shane Roller could challenge him. I guess time will tell, but I’d like to see him in the UFC. He deserves it. He would get more money there. He would get better and bigegr name fights there. He would get more focus there. I am sure if he pushed it he could get it. He is a star and Zuffa will give him what he wants if he asks in the right way.
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