UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber: Carlos Condit Discusses His Matchup with Dong Hyun Kim

Todd Seyler@toddseylerContributor IJuly 2, 2011

Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit
Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit

Speaking with Ariel Helwani, Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit discussed his matchup with Korean star Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132 this Saturday, July 2, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nev.

"I'm very, very antsy. Unfortunately I had that injury before my Chris Lytle fight and now I'm back on track and looking to get a win in this fight," Condit stated when asked about his health and eagerness to compete.

"I did lose a little bit of momentum, but as far as training, even though my knee was hurt, I was doing what I could," Condit said when asked about his current position with the UFC welterweight division. He then went on to state, "I've stayed in shape and made some improvements in areas that I needed to."

Speaking with Dong Hyun Kim, Helwani explained to Condit that the Korean fighter believes that the media and fans have overrated "The Natural Born Killer." Responding to this slight, Condit said, "just look at my record. He's going to find out pretty soon, isn't he?" 

Taking the high road when questioned about Kim's talents, Carlos stated that "I think he's really tough. He has a top-notch grappling, and his striking is very underrated. He is a very tough opponent."

Conversely, however, Condit did mention that Kim has not finished a lot of his fights and is somewhat referred to as a "blanket" style of fighter who smothers his opponents.

When asked about this matchup evolving into a slow, grinding, non-fan friendly style of tempo, Condit responded by saying, "I'm good off of my back. I think no matter where the fight goes, I'll feel comfortable and I'm well prepared for his skill-set."

Condit has earned victories in 11 of his last 12 fights, and Helwani asked him if he feels like a victory against Kim should establish "The Natural Born Killer" as the No. 1 contender for the UFC welterweight title.

Responding humbly, Condit stated, "I've been on a tear. Dong Hyun Kim is an undefeated fighter and I think whoever wins this fight deserves a title shot."

The current UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, is scheduled to defend his championship title against Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October 2011.

An off-and-on teammate of St-Pierre, Carlos said he would compete against a training partner. Condit replied without hesitation, "My goal is to get the UFC title belt around my waist and whoever has that title belt is fair game."

Expecting to finish Kim towards the end of the fight, Condit is supremely confident in his chances of victory at UFC 132 and becoming the No. 1 contender for the welterweight title.

Stay tuned this evening to see if "The Natural Born Killer" provides Kim with his first defeat inside the cage.

Enjoy the fights.

Todd Seyler

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