It’s been several days now since Carlos Condit dropped a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler, and while he says he might be interested in a rematch, the welterweight hasn’t shut the door on retirement either.
Following Condit’s instant classic, five round war with Lawler at UFC 195, the fighter reported he might not fight again. Although since the bout fans and pundits have been saying ‘yes please’ to an immediate rematch, nothing’s been announced, and Condit still hasn’t committed to a return.
Case in point, recently the former WEC champ spoke to UFC.com, and Condit didn’t really say which way he’s leaning. Here is some of what he had to say about throwing down with Lawler again, as well as his future:
“I’ve been thinking about my future for a long time,” Condit said. “Fighting has been my passion for a very long time – and I still love it – but my mind never stops and I’ve thought about my next career and my career after that. There is so much I want to do, so many possibilities that excite me, and there is a possibility it’s time to move on to the next chapter…”
“Fighting is such a big part of who I am and the chance to get back in there with Robbie again is something I could get excited about, but if it’s time to explore a new path, then I’ll go into it with the same passion. It’s always been about the journey for me and I guess we’ll have to wait and see how things play out.”
So, if Condit is using all this as a bargaining chip, as a means to lock up a rematch or perhaps score some extra cash to do so, he’s certainly hiding that very well. Condit did relay before the Lawler bout that he had thought about retiring, and his comments since have certainly seemed genuine. The 31 year-old has been fighting professionally since 2002, and far before folks were collecting six figure salary purses.
Now, all of that said, if the UFC comes calling for an immediate rematch, it’s kind of hard to imagine Condit saying no…