Carlos Condit is used to feeling like the underdog. His main event fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 is no different in that sense.
St-Pierre is coming off a knee injury and 19-month gap between fights. And even though some question if St-Pierre is 100 percent, Condit still has his doubters.
"I do feel like an underdog in most fights I'm going into," Condit said on a recent media call. "I put myself in that mindset."
Forget the fact that "GSP" has been on the shelf, nursing a battered knee. Condit, who holds the division's interim UFC welterweight title, is expecting the same St-Pierre that has rifled through the 170-pound division over the past eight years.
GSP's injury isn't even an major issue going into this fight, as far as Condit is concerned.
"As far as Georges being out, I don't see it being that big of a factor," he said. "I know that … he's better than ever and that's what I'm expecting."
The last time Condit's opponent saw action in the UFC's octagon was April 2011. In that fight, St-Pierre battled former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields. The bout ended in a five-round decision unanimous for St-Pierre.
During that time, Condit stayed active, knocking out Dong Hyun Kim in July 2011 and earning a razor-close decision over Nick Diaz in February of this year. The Diaz win earned Condit the promotion's interim belt while St-Pierre recovered from the knee injury.
But despite climbing the welterweight ranks and earning the right to face St-Pierre, most of the talk about GSP didn't include his comeback fight against Condit. Instead, buzz about a potential super-fight between GSP and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva consumed headlines and internet forums.
Does the talk of a Silva and St-Pierre brawl motivate Condit? Of course. The chance of playing spoiler is reason enough to want to out and perform more than ever.
"I would say that it's definitely motivating," Condit said. "There's a lot of people in the sport and in the media that I think are overlooking me as an opponent for Georges, and looking towards the super-fight with Anderson."
Even UFC president Dana White recognizes how people are overlooking Condit. White's response: big mistake.
"People are asking me 'Is the Anderson Silva fight happening after?'" White said about St-Pierre's future. "People are overlooking Carlos Condit and that's a bad idea."
So much of an underdog is Condit, that people forget he's gone through five consecutive UFC wins, earned performance bonuses in three of those five fights and beaten who many consider to be St-Pierre's heir apparent, Rory MacDonald.
Condit's resume arguably shouldn't be ignored. But the No. 1 contender is happy to rearrange things on Nov. 17 in Montreal.
"I like playing the role of the spoiler," he said. "I don't feel like Georges is overlooking me, but I'm excited to get in there and do my thing and hopefully change a lot of plans."
Erik Fontanez is an MMA writer and reporter for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez
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