Before coming to the UFC, Carlos Condit was the king of the welterweight division in World Extreme Cagefighting.
After capturing the vacant title in 2007 against John Alessio, Condit went on a three-fight win streak and none of them went to a decision.
Condit has made a name for himself as a finisher, whether it be on the feet with his excellent striking, or on the ground with his sensational submission skills.
The UFC would absorb the WEC's welterweight division and "The Natural Born Killer" would make his UFC debut in 2009 against a tough Martin Kampmann and lost a close split decision.
Since then, Condit has gone on a tear with four straight wins, including knockout victories over former No. 1 contender Dan Hardy and the always tough Dong Hyun Kim.
However, after those victories, it seemed that Condit was not receiving the praise that he deserved.
In his fight with Hardy, it was the Brit's first fight since losing to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship.
Hardy was dominated, but was able to roll out of two submission attempts and kept the fight interesting, which is more than I can say for other St-Pierre victims.
After Condit was able to score the knockout victory, he received some praise, but more attention was sent towards Hardy as he had not only suffered back-to-back losses, but suffered his first knockout loss in his career.
The UFC did not believe Condit was ready to challenge for the title just yet and threw talented wrestler Kim his way, and Condit went right through him at UFC 132.
Condit had defeated two top 10 fighters in the division and the UFC still did not think he was ready as he was slated to face BJ Penn at UFC 137.
However, fate seems to work in mysterious ways, as Condit will finally get his title shot against St-Pierre and he got it just by showing up to a mandatory press conference.
No. 1 contender Nate Diaz did not show up to two mandatory press conferences and UFC President Dana White was forced to pull him from the main event and put Condit in his place to face St-Pierre.
In a division that has only focused on the French Canadian cleaning it out and moving up to face Anderson Silva, Carlos Condit has slowly risen to a top contender to put that move on hold.
He should get his deserved recognition if he is able to take down St-Pierre and capture another title.