No. 2-ranked UFC welterweight Carlos Condit lost to Tyron Woodley in the most unfortunate of circumstances in the co-main event of last night’s UFC 171 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Suffering a bad injury after apparently hurting his knee during a takedown, the effects were greatly worsened when Woodley unleashed a vicious leg kick that forced “Natural Born Killer’s” knee to buckle. Condit fell to the mat in agony, his title shot hopes crushed with one single blow.
As expected, news comes today that Condit’s injury will most likely keep him on the sidelines for quite some time. Speaking to Condit’s striking coach Mike Winkeljohn, MMAJunkie.com has confirmed that he partially tore his meniscus and may have a torn ACL. The ultra-tough Condit will undergo an MRI to discover the full extent of his injuries.
With a logjam of top contenders near the top of the UFC welterweight division, that’s just what Condit didn’t need. He needed to stay active, even if he lost the fight last night. Woodley appeared to be winning the fight with a bevy of takedowns and power right hands, but we all know that Condit comes on strong later in his fights.
After the fight, Woodley stated his belief that the injury win was a good enough performance to warrant a title shot, but Dana White said the next contender will be decided sometime this week.
Meanwhile, the former interim champ is now 1-3 in his last four bouts, his only win being a TKO stoppage of Martin Kampmann at last August’s UFC Fight Night 27.
Now it’s unknown when Condit will return, but one thing is clear: he’ll have a lot of catching up to do when he does. Can he stay afloat in the toughest division in UFC?