A composed Condit waited for Dong Hyun Kim to drop his guard for a split second and pounced. He vaulted through the air with a flying knee that floored Kim and followed it up with seven nasty shots on the ground. He left Kim with the dreaded stink eye as referee Steve Mazzagatti jumped in to stop things at the 2:58 mark of the first round in the pay-per-view opener of UFC 132.
"I had an excellent game plan and I trusted in it. Everytime I go out there, I just fight to the best of my ability and tonight I couldn't be more pleased with how it worked out," said Condit.
Condit may finally be on the verge of getting his crack at Georges St-Pierre, the UFC'S dominant welterweight champion. Condit's taken a laid back approach in asking for the fight while more chatty fighters like Dan Hardy have gotten their shots at GSP. Jake Shields, a champion from outside the organization, also got a relatively quick shot, and next up for GSP is Strikeforce welterweight Nick Diaz. Meanwhile, Condit, the former WEC 170-pound champion, had to work his way up the ladder like he was a true UFC newcomer.
Condit's now 4-1 with the promotion. He was a perfect 5-0 with the Zuffa-owned WEC and 27-5 overall.
Diaz will challenge St. Pierre at UFC 137 in October. If GSP retains the title, Condit seems like the obvious choice. That should be interesting since both St. Pierre and Condit work with Albuquerque-based trainer Greg Jackson.
Kim (14-1, 5-1 UFC) was actually a slight favorite entering fight. The Korean judo master suffered his first loss with the promotion.
"My game plan was to look for the take down and also to land some overhand punches. I tucked my chin down and got caught with a knee. I'm really disappointed," said Kim.
- Carlos Condit