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“The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit retires from MMA

Fan favourite beloved for his ability to excite and finish fights

Carlos Condit, the former WEC welterweight champion and interim UFC welterweight champion, has retired from MMA.

MMA Fighting first reported Condit’s retirement Thursday.

Condit (32-14-0), debuted in 2002 at 18 years old and moved on from the independents like KOTC and Pancrease to the WEC in 2007. He became the company’s last welterweight champion before it was bought by the UFC in 2006.

Condit racked up big wins over Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dong Hyun Kim, and Nick Diaz to become the UFC interim welterweight champ in 2012 at UFC 143. He was unable to unify the belt against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154, but it was a memorable bout.

“The Natural Born Killer” remained a contender but struggled to stay among the upper tier, winning only four of his last 12 bouts after the GSP unification from 2013 to 2021. This included a 16-month layoff that began near the end of 2018 to 2020.

Condit is beloved by many fans for his exciting style and ability to finish fights. His 28 finishes amoung his 32 wins is one of the highest finish rates in MMA history.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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