Johny HendricksLess than a month ago, UFC welterweight Carlos Condit was under the impression he’d be fighting rival Rory MacDonald this coming weekend at UFC 158. However, an injury MacDonald suffered while training for the tilt forced him off the show, opening up a spot for power-punching grappler Johny Hendricks to slide in. The 14-1 Hendricks is considered by most to be the division’s top contender and is definitely a difficult draw for any opponent, let alone one taken without a full camp to prepare.

Still, Condit has extreme confidence in his own abilities and rightfully so considering his success in the cage. He also knows success against Hendricks will put him back in the hunt for another crack at the championship, presenting an opportunity he couldn’t pass on even if the circumstances were far from ideal.

“It’s a huge fight. It puts me right back in title-contention with a win,” said Condit in an interview with the UFC. “It’s a risky fight, it’s dangerous, but the reward is definitely worth it.”

The 28-year old Condit was also quick to point out he’s no slouch either given his 28-6 mark in the sport including 26 stoppages. And, with his status as a former WEC champion and interim UFC title-holder, the “Natural Born Killer” plans on showing Hendricks that his request to rumble wasn’t a smart move.

“Hendricks has called me out – I don’t mind being called out. If somebody wants to fight you, that means you have something that they want. As dangerous as he is, as feared as he is in this sport, he’s gotta step in the ring and fight me,” Condit continued. “Aware of his abilities, absolutely. But worried? No. I’m gonna go in there and try to beat the f*ck out of him.”

Check out the full conversation with Condit below: