Carlos Condit retires from UFC aged 37 after legendary fights against Nick Diaz and Dan Hardy

  • Tom Ward
UFC and WEC legend Carlos Condit announces retirement from MMA

UFC legend Carlos Condit has officially retired from professional mixed martial arts aged 37. 

The ex-UFC interim welterweight champion, 37, has finally brought the curtain down on his decorated 19-year career, his manager Malki Kawa confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.  

Condit, a veteran of 46 MMA fights, recently confirmed he had re-signed a new contract with the promotion ahead of his featured prelim fight with Max Griffin on the undercard of Conor McGregor‘s trilogy clash with Dustin Poirier on July 10.

However, he refused to go into any specific detail about the terms of his contract. 

When asked if it was strange to sign a new deal just days before a fight, Condit replied: “I don’t know how unusual it is.

“I guess you’d have to ask somebody else.

“Ask the UFC. I only sign my contracts, they deal with everybody else’s.

“We were close, we were close on everything. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

UFC and WEC legend Carlos Condit announces retirement from MMA

Condit kicked off his career at now-defunct Mexican promotion Aztec Challenge in 2002, then spent three-and-a-half years fighting on the American regional circuit, before travelling abroad again to fight in Japan in October 2005.

The Natural Born Killer was then brought back to America by then-Zuffa bosses Frank and Lorenzo Fertita to fight in World Extreme Cagefighting, making five appearances for the promotion, finishing every single one of his opponents, including a second-round submission of John Alessio to capture the vacant WEC welterweight title in 2007.

He then went to the UFC as part of the acquisition after the two companies merged in 2009. 

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Despite dropping a split-decision on his UFC debut, Condit wasted no time in becoming a fans’ favourite fighter following his move from WEC, with his all-action gunslinging style endearing him to the crowds.

Condit’s most notable wins came against Nick Diaz, Dan Hardy and Rory MacDonald. Overall, Condit competed in 46 fights, he won 32 and lost 14. Not bad at all.  

Though he ultimately fell short at the final hurdle, his memorable fight against the legendary Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 in November 2012 will live long in the memory. Go well, NBK. 

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