MANILA, Philippines – Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit was visibly frustrated and disappointed following his unanimous decision loss to new undisputed champion Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 154.
Condit was unable to prevent St-Pierre’s takedown attempts, and though he was able to put the champion in trouble in the third round, he could not finish the job.
“I thought I had it,” Condit admitted, referring to the third round when he sent St-Pierre sprawling to the canvas with a head kick.
“He was still coherent, and I was trying to put some leather on him and finish off the job,” he added. “You know, maybe I’ll get him next time.”
Condit admitted that he expected to have more success against St-Pierre.
“His top game was very, very good. He was able to hold me down better than I expected, and I expected to create more scrambles,” Condit said.
But he fully expects to bounce back from what was the sixth loss of his UFC career.
“I left in in here. I need to go back to the drawing board and shore up some stuff,” Condit said.
St-Pierre, who was fighting for the first time in over a year after recovering from a knee injury, hailed Condit after the match.
“Carlos Condit gave me my toughest fight. He’s an amazing martial artist, and this loss will make him a better martial artist. He’s gonna come back stronger,” St-Pierre said.
“It’s a great compliment from such a great champion,” Condit said, “But I’m still disappointed.”
Condit fought inside a hostile Montreal arena that boisterously cheered St-Pierre’s every move while booing him vociferously. Still, he graciously thanked the UFC fans who watched.
“Merci beaucoup,” he said. “It was an honor to come here and put on a good fight for you guys.”