MANILA, Philippines – Interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Carlos Condit is hoping to play the spoiler role once more when he takes on long-time champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154 in Canada.
Condit is set to take on St. Pierre to determine who is the best fighter at welterweight, but most of the attention is on a hypothetical match-up between St. Pierre and middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva of Brazil.
“The hype for the superfight between Georges and Anderson is huge,” Condit acknowledged in an interview with MMA Fighting. “It’s been talked about for a long time.”
“The fight with me and Georges, there is not as much hype on it. Honestly, I really don’t think that matters,” he added. “I think we are going to have a hell of a fight.”
“People are going to be wondering why they weren’t so excited about it, after the fight.”
If St. Pierre winds up defeating Condit, then a mega-fight with Silva becomes more possible. Condit, however, is planning to once again play the role of spoiler.
“I love kind of being the spoiler. I was the spoiler in the Nick Diaz-Georges St. Pierre scenario. Now I get to play that role again,” he said.
St. Pierre had been hoping to fight Diaz, but Condit beat the more-favored fighter for the interim belt at UFC 143 this February.
Condit insists that he is not concerned about the seeming lack of attention being paid to him.
“It doesn’t bug me. If anything, it motivates me. The fact that I’m kind of being looked past, it kinds of puts a little bug of fire under my a**,” he said.
The fight, which will be held on November 17, will be St. Pierre’s first since recovering from a knee injury. Condit feels, however, that the injury will not affect the Canadian fighter’s performance.
“Georges is one of the best fighters to ever grace the Octagon. I think he was rehabbing and recovering his knee, but he was also doing whatever he could to keep his skills sharp and improve in some areas also,” he said.