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The stacked UFC 202 card on August 20 got another jolt of high-quality action with the announcement that former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will return to the Octagon to face veteran Brazilian contender Demian Maia at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.On the sidelines since his razor-thin split decision loss to Robbie Lawler in their January title fight, the No. 5-ranked contender hopes to put his name in the hat for another crack at the crown when he faces Maia, whose impressive five-fight winning streak includes finishes of Neil Magny and Matt Brown.In the UFC 202 main event, N … Read the Full Article Here

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Carlos Condit will return to the cage after all.

After losing a thin decision to champion Robbie Lawler in January, the popular welterweight wondered aloud about his future in fighting.

“I’ve been at this for a long time; over 40 professional MMA fights,” Condit said after the fight, per Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog. “I came up short tonight. I don’t know. Tonight was kind of a do-or-die moment for my career. I was all in. If I got that strap I was gonna keep fighting. If I didn’t, like I didn’t, I have to see if I can continue to do this. … I have to evaluate, but there’s a possibility that might be my last one. We’ll see.”

He never actually retired, but speculation arose over what, exactly, it might take to lure Condit (30-9) back to action. On Tuesday afternoon, per a report from MMA Junkie, fans got their answer when UFC officials announced Condit would face streaking jiu-jitsu hero Demian Maia (23-6). The two contenders will fight August 20 at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.

Condit hinted on his social media accounts Monday that an announcement might be coming.



Per usual, financial terms were not disclosed, but it’s a smart guess that the UFC showed Condit the proverbial money. The 32-year-old former interim welterweight champ is one of the most liked and respected MMA fighters in any weight class, thanks to a high-octane striking style, a proven track record of success and his relative ease in front of the lens or microphone.

More than that, though, you have to think they backed up the Brink’s truck to the Condit house because Maia is one heck of a risky matchup.

The 38-year-old Brazilian has won five consecutive matches over standouts like Matt Brown and Gunnar Nelson. While The Natural Born Killer appears to be on the outside looking into the current welterweight title picture—January’s fight, while epic, was his second loss to Lawler—Maia would almost certainly receive a title shot if he can get past Condit.

What’s more, Maia’s world-class jiu-jitsu—he is a fourth-degree black belt and boasts several international accolades—presents Condit with a stiff stylistic challenge. Although Condit is a strong and polished grappler, very few people in the world are on Maia’s level. Over the bout’s three scheduled rounds, it’s possible Maia could smother Condit for a decision.

This is not to say Condit has no shot; far from it. He will have a clear striking edge and is dangerous in all phases. And Condit certainly doesn’t appear to be the type to shy away from a challenge; quite the opposite.

But given his desire for big-time bouts, coupled with the implication that he can see the end of the line somewhere on the horizon, this date with Maia—occurring on a big pay-per-view but not in the main event—may pose more risk than reward.

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Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will return at UFC 202, taking on Demian Maia.

Condit (30-9) is coming off a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler this past January for the welterweight title. He is 2-4 over his last six, with three of the four defeats being decision setbacks. The other was a TKO loss to current title contender Tyron Woodly after “The Natural Born Killer” suffered a knee injury.

Maia (23-6) has won five in a row, including a May submission win over Matt Brown. He previously competed for the UFC middleweight title before moving to welterweight.

UFC 202 takes place August 20 from Las Vegas and features Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has lured longtime welterweight contender Carlos Condit back to the Octagon — despite his resistance — for a compelling showdown against top-ranked 170-pound grappler Demian Maia.

Where and when?

None other than the upcoming UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event locked and loaded for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Aug. 20, 2016.

UFC made the bout official on Tuesday.

Following a controversial decision loss to Robbie Lawler to kick off the new year, Condit opted to ride the pine until he could secure a “Ruthless” rematch. When that failed to materialize, “The Natural Born Killer” started considering alternate fights.

That puts him directly across from Maia, now the winner of five straight, including last month’s submission victory over the rough-and-tumble Matt Brown. No doubt beating Condit would go a long way in securing a welterweight title shot.

Who ya’ got?

UFC 202 will be headlined by the welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, while Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira hook ‘em up in the light heavyweight co-main event.

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Even though he won’t be receiving his desired rematch against Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit couldn’t stay away.

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The lineup for UFC 202 later this summer continues to build with another high-profile welterweight fight.

Former interim champion Carlos Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will return after a title loss to face Demian Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) in a 170-pound fight at UFC 202. Promotion officials announced the new booking today.

Featuring a headlining rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at welterweight, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Maia currently is ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. Condit sits at No. 9.

Condit in January fought welterweight champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, but he dropped a split decision in a “Fight of the Night” winner. Condit won the interim welterweight title with a decision over Nick Diaz at UFC 143. In a title unification fight with Georges St-Pierre, he dropped a decision, then lost a decision to Johny Hendricks at UFC 158.

He rebounded with a TKO of Martin Kampmann, but then dropped a TKO to Tyron Woodley – who goes after the belt in late July – when he injured his knee at UFC 171. After more than a year on the sidelines, he stopped Thiago Alves with a TKO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67 seven months before his shot at Lawler.

Maia has won five straight, but he’ll have to make it at least six, apparently, if he wants a title shot. Afer back-to-back losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald, Maia took decisions over Alexander Yakolev and Ryan LaFlare, then submitted Neil Magny at UFC 190. At UFC 194, he took a decision from Gunnar Nelson, then in May submitted Matt Brown at UFC 198.

With the addition, UFC 202 now includes:

  • Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
  • Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia

For more on UFC 202, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.00

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