Former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit is returning to action after an extended layoff to face Neil Magny at UFC 219.
Tyron Woodley is the current UFC Welterweight Champion and he has faced lots of criticism during his reign, criticism that the former interim champion can understand.
“I can definitely see where the critics are coming from,” Condit said on The MMA Hour. “We’re athletes but we’re also entertainers, people by the pay-per-view to be entertained. That’s part of this. This is show business. I know that winning is super important and a gameplan is super important, but at some point you have to, this is the hurt business and you gotta to try to put your opponent out.”
Woodley and Condit have met inside of the Octagon before, with Woodley earning a TKO win due to injury at UFC 171.
Despite how he understands the criticisms against the champion, the returning Condit still believes that the champion is a talented fighter.
“You know he’s obviously a super, super talented dude,” Condit said. “I did watch the last fight against Maia. I felt like he at a time where he could he really could have turned it on and tried to finish, he didn’t.”
UFC 219 takes place on Saturday, December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.