Carlos Condit quietly munched on his breakfast at a restaurant in the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, explaining repeatedly why he wasn't overcome by emotion at unexpectedly landing a fight with Georges St-Pierre.
It was early September 2011 and only a couple of hours since UFC president Dana White had angrily yanked Nick Diaz from the card at UFC 137 and his welterweight title with St-Pierre.
Diaz had missed a series of news conferences to promote the event and White had finally had enough. He switched Condit from a fight with ex-champion B.J. Penn and inserted him into the main event opposite St-Pierre.
It was, in many ways, the break that Condit had been dreaming of for years. By that point, he was well known as an elite fighter within the small MMA community, but beyond those borders, he was still relatively anonymous.
Anonymity usually doesn't bring big paychecks or public acclaim and certainly doesn't provide security for one's family.
But Condit wasn't overcome byRead More »from Carlos Condit, ever the level-headed businessman, ready to finally meet Georges St-Pierre