The year ending event in Las Vegas is already shaping up to be a big one, and with the return of Condit confirmed fans will be foaming at the mouth as we count down to the event over the next few months.
The 33-year-old hasn’t been seen in the UFC since an embarrassing first round defeat at the hands of Demian Maia last year, at which point many fans speculated as to whether or not he’d carry on with his fighting career.
In the last few months, however, Carlos made it clear over social media that he was extremely interested in a return – and he finally got his wish. Condit will be going head to head with Neil Magny, who will be attempting to shake off the cobwebs following a quick loss at the hands of Rafael dos Anjos last month.
Condit has long since been considered a top player within the welterweight division, but a few title losses to superior names have left him on the outside of the championship picture looking in.
Still, nobody can deny that he’s one of the most entertaining fighters in all of mixed martial arts and he really came onto the scene in a big way with an impressive performance against Pierre back in 2012.
This bout joins the targeted Dominick Cruz vs Jimmie Rivera clash that will also feature on the 219 card, with many believing that a title fight will eventually be added in order to bolster the pay per view sales.
In terms of Condit-Magny, there’s no doubting that it’ll be an entertaining contest and ruling Neil out would be a big mistake. However, there’s a chance that the UFC could end up with a revitalised star if Carlos puts in an impressive enough performance and then calls someone out in the immediate aftermath.
Given how poorly 2017 has gone for the UFC it seems like they’re heavily reliant on a strong final few months for the company, and UFC 219 is already starting to look like the perfect card in terms of hitting a home run as 2018 approaches.
We aren’t guaranteeing that Condit vs Magny is going to be a war, but if you’ve seen any of his prior fights then you’ll understand why we’re excited.