As Carlos Condit continues to impress in the Octagon and move closer and closer toward a shot at the coveted UFC welterweight title, chatter will begin as to whether or not he has what it takes to sit atop to mountain.
While I have been a Condit fan for some time now, his performance at UFC 132 against Dong Hyun Kim took my belief that Condit will be a UFC champion to a whole new level.
Midway through the first round, Condit caught the then undefeated Dong Hyun Kim with a brutal flying knee then swarmed him with a barrage of punches to seal the deal, earning a TKO victory.
Being the last man to wear the WEC welterweight title it is not hard to imagine Condit getting his shot at the title, but in the coming slides, you will see why I feel that when that opportunity is presented Condit will seal the deal and win the title.
Long, dynamic and deceptively powerful, Carlos Condit is a very dangerous fighter on the feet.
He utilizes his kicks and reach to keep opponents on the outside but has the knees, elbows and clinch ability to be equally as dangerous should his opponent look to close the gap.
This seems to be a championship component that is currently missing in the UFC welterweight division with Georges St. Pierre ruling the roost, but Carlos Condit would change that in a flash.
In his 27 career victories, Condit has only left the decision in the judges' hands on one occasion. If you watched UFC 132's matchup between Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman, then you will know exactly what can happen if you leave it to the judges.
It's one thing to fight a smart fight and stick to the game plan, but it is a totally different when you can easily see the lack of desire when it comes to finishing a fight. Condit goes for the kill every time the opportunity presents itself, even if it means he could potentially be at risk.
I'm not trying to say that a champion has to finish, but I think a champion that looks to finish separates himself from the pack in the eyes of the fans, the media and his peers.
If you glance over the top half of the UFC welterweight division, you will see it is littered with elite level wrestlers who have made the transition to MMA, and that means you either need to be an elite wrestler or you need to have some sick skills off you back.
While Carlos Condit is a bit of an underrated wrestler, he is an absolute beast working off of his back and in the land of powerful wrestlers an aggressive grappler can be just as dangerous from the guard.
Condit's skill and confidence to be effective from his back allows him to take more chances and be even more aggressive in the stand-up game because he doesn't not fear being taken down.
The fact that Condit is comfortable no matter what the situation is in the cage makes him an extremely difficult fighter to game plan for.
Always discussed but impossible to truly be quantified, a fighters heart and will play a major role in the success they will find in this sport.
Heart and will go much deeper than that internal need to push forward and finish during the fight itself. A fighter's heart and will are what drives him to train, drives him to be the best.
Carlos Condit may be young, but he has been in this sport for nearly a decade, and he is as driven and hungry as ever. The sky is the limit for Condit as he is just entering his prime and he seems to want this more than ever.