Former interim UFC welterweight champion and WEC welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, has decided to retire from the sport of MMA.
MMA Fighting's Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz were the first to report the news, after Condit's longtime manager Malki Kawa confirmed the welterweight legend's decision to them. Condit finishes his career as a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 32-14 and sports one of the greatest resumes of any welterweight of his generation. The 37-year old Albuquerque, New Mexico native faced former UFC champions Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, and Johny Hendricks as well as other notable names such as Nick Diaz, Martin Kampmann, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, Matt Brown, Jake Shields, Frank Trigg, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, Michael Chiesa, and Neil Magny over the course of his 19-year career.
Condit's run in the WEC from January 2007 to August 2008 was also notable, he was a dominant force within the promotion going 5-0. He won the WEC welterweight title by submitting John Alessio in the second round via a rear-naked choke at WEC 26 in March 2007 and went on to defend the title three more times before transitioning to the UFC in April 2009. He was a five-time Fight of the Night bonus winner during his run inside of the Octagon, with the highlight of his career coming against Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 on January 2, 2016, in what is regarded as one of the greatest fights in MMA history.