Carlos Condit, one of the greatest MMA welterweights of all time and beyond, has retired from the UFC, lifelong manager Malki Kawa of First Round Management confirmed Thursday with ESPN.
Nicknamed “The Born Killer,” Condit was a former interim UFC welterweight champion and had been with the promotion for 12 years. He was in his 19th year overall as a professional MMA fighter.
In his last fight, Condit dropped a unanimous decision to Max Griffin at UFC 264 on July 10, snapping a two-fight winning streak.
Condit (32-14) defeated Nick Diaz to win the UFC interim welterweight title at UFC 143 in February 2012. Ten months later, Condit fell to the great Georges St-Pierre in a classic fight that unified the titles of 170 pounds at UFC 154.
Condit, 37, was known and loved for being an action fighter. He earned five UFC Fight of the Night bonuses and two Knockout of the Night bonuses.
Condit, a product of JacksonWink MMA since he was 15 years old, is also a former WEC Welterweight Champion. From 2006 to 2012, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native was 13-1, one of the best stretches in the history of the 170-pound MMA division. Condit owns wins over players like Diaz, former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald, Frank Trigg, Dan Hardy and Thiago Alves.
In January 2016, Condit lost a split decision to Robbie Lawler in a welterweight title fight at UFC 195. The fight was perhaps the best of that year in MMA, and many felt that Condit was the rightful winner and should have been crowned champion. .
After that, Condit lost four games in a row, apparently spelling the end of the line. But he came back and beat Court McGee last October and Matt Brown in January to earn his first winning streak since 2012.