Carlos Condit challenges for the UFC welterweight title Saturday at UFC 195, the second time he’s stepped into the ring to fight for a UFC title. It’s technically the third time, if you count fighting for an interim strap in 2012.
Seen as a bit of a placeholder while then-champion Georges St-Pierre was on the mend, Condit doesn’t feel like he’s held an actual UFC title to call his own.
“I’ve had the interim belt before and that little interim specification bothers me,” Condit said to FOX Sports. “My belt is in my son’s room and for me that’s not the real belt. If I go out there and I beat Robbie, that would be a legitimate, undisputed UFC title belt and you can’t reach any greater height in the sport.”
Condit defeated Nick Diaz in a five-round unanimous decision to become the interim titleholder at UFC 143. He entered a title unification bout with St-Pierre nine months later, dropping a unanimous decision to GSP at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Coming off a TKO victory over Thiago Alves in May, Condit faces undisputed champion Robbie Lawler for the title at 170 pounds. No interim labels here.
As for what Condit plans to bring to the table in his second shot at UFC gold, “The Natural Born Killer” says much has come full circle since 2012.
“A lot of stuff was changing in my life at that time and all that stuff is settled in,” Condit said. “I’m in a good place physically and psychologically.”