Carlos Condit discusses decision to retire from MMA: ‘I’ve loved every f*cking second of it’

Carlos Condit | Esther Lin, MMA FightingCarlos Condit can’t point to one exact reason for his recent decision to retire. He just knows it’s the right one. The former interim UFC welterweight champion and 19-year veteran of professional MMA officially called it a career last week, finishing with a 32-14 record and some of the most memorable fights in history. In addition to big show battles with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, and Nick Diaz, “The Natural Born Killer” was a star in World Extreme Cagefighting and will always be remembered for his star turn in the legendary Rumble on the Rock tournament. The past few years haven’t been kind to Condit, 37, as far as results go as he closed out his UFC run on a 2-6 stretch. In what would be his last fight, Condit lost a unanimous decision to Max Griffin at UFC 264 in July. On Monday, Condit appeared on The MMA Hour to elaborate on why the timing was right for him to walk away from competition. “It was time, man,” Condit said. “It was time. For a lot of different reasons. After that last fight, I felt like I put together a good camp and I was just a step behind Max. I feel like I could really try to tweak things and I could try to figure out what’s missing, what part of the formula isn’t working right now and then go and test it again and test it again, but that’s a tough thing to do. That’s a tough thing to do because ultimately I have to go and put myself on the firing line to see if what I’m doing is working. “At a certain point there’s diminishing returns, so I think it’s time to move on.” .@CarlosCondit joins @arielhelwani to pull back the curtain on his recent retirement:"At a certain point, there's diminishing returns. So, I think it's time to move on."▶️ WATCH #TheMMAHour: https://t.co/GZbYe83rH4 pic.twitter.com/C9mR5JU8vs— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 20, 2021 It wasn’t long after the Griffin fight that Condit knew he’d be retiring. Following his losses, Condit had become used to a feeling of frustration that would wash over him, but that wasn’t the case after losing to Griffin. “I’d been leaving a hotel room after a loss and been p*ssed off and leaving all my gear in a real salty mood and basically, ‘I’m done with this s*it,’” Condit said. “But this time was different. I wasn’t salty about it, I just felt like it was the right move. Probably about three weeks or a month ago I called Dana and I let him know, so this thing has been coming down the pipe for a little while.” Condit’s retirement may have come as a surprise to some as he had actually strung together consecutive wins for the first time in nine years before the loss to Griffin. He won convincing decisions over fellow veterans Matt Brown and Court McGee to get himself back on track. However, Condit feels that the preparation required to keep climbing back up to peak performance was taking its toll on him in more ways than one. “I’m an optimist,” condit said. “I do get into those spots where I get down about things, but as soon as there’s any kind of sunlight peeking through the clouds I grasp onto that. I definitely felt some momentum, but also I think it’s more so just the time and a big piece of this is the amount of time and energy that I am still willing to put into fighting at the highest levels, I think in some ways I’m compromising things in my life, in my personal life. “To train as a professional mixed martial artist at the highest level of the sport, that takes a lot. That takes a lot out of me energetically, emotionally, just everything. I have less to give to the rest of my life. And at this point I don’t want to make that compromise anymore.” Before the news broke that he was retiring, Condit had been quiet on social media and gave no indication that his most recent fight would be his last. Condit was dealing with the recent death of a close friend (who Condit describes as a “brother”) due to COVID-19, so updating the public on his career status was the least of his concerns. Condit said he’ll enjoy having the chance to step back from the spotlight, but overall there was little about his MMA experience that he regrets and if anything, it’s impossible for him to pick out one moment that stood above the rest. “That’s really tough,” Condit said. “I’ve loved every f*cking second of it. The ups, the downs, all of it. If I had to pick a specific one, these last two fights that I won when we were out in Abu Dhabi and really just living in this surreal atmosphere. My coaches are all my really good friends and we had the opportunity to go to this crazy nice place and fight. That was a lot of fun. But I have 19, almost 20 years worth of memories so it would be really hard to pinpoint.” Though Condit is confident that fans have seen the last of him in MMA, he’s staying involved in the martial arts community. Up next is a grappling contest against Ian Butler at Submission Underground 27 on Oct. 10. Asked what it is about his approach to fighting that made him a fav

Carlos Condit discusses decision to retire from MMA: ‘I’ve loved every f*cking second of it’
Carlos Condit | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Carlos Condit can’t point to one exact reason for his recent decision to retire. He just knows it’s the right one.

The former interim UFC welterweight champion and 19-year veteran of professional MMA officially called it a career last week, finishing with a 32-14 record and some of the most memorable fights in history. In addition to big show battles with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, and Nick Diaz, “The Natural Born Killer” was a star in World Extreme Cagefighting and will always be remembered for his star turn in the legendary Rumble on the Rock tournament.

The past few years haven’t been kind to Condit, 37, as far as results go as he closed out his UFC run on a 2-6 stretch. In what would be his last fight, Condit lost a unanimous decision to Max Griffin at UFC 264 in July.

On Monday, Condit appeared to elaborate on why the timing was right for him to walk away from competition.

“It was time, man,” Condit said. “It was time. For a lot of different reasons. After that last fight, I felt like I put together a good camp and I was just a step behind Max. I feel like I could really try to tweak things and I could try to figure out what’s missing, what part of the formula isn’t working right now and then go and test it again and test it again, but that’s a tough thing to do. That’s a tough thing to do because ultimately I have to go and put myself on the firing line to see if what I’m doing is working.

“At a certain point there’s diminishing returns, so I think it’s time to move on.”

It wasn’t long after the Griffin fight that Condit knew he’d be retiring. Following his losses, Condit had become used to a feeling of frustration that would wash over him, but that wasn’t the case after losing to Griffin.

“I’d been leaving a hotel room after a loss and been p*ssed off and leaving all my gear in a real salty mood and basically, ‘I’m done with this s*it,’” Condit said. “But this time was different. I wasn’t salty about it, I just felt like it was the right move. Probably about three weeks or a month ago I called Dana and I let him know, so this thing has been coming down the pipe for a little while.”

Condit’s retirement may have come as a surprise to some as he had actually strung together consecutive wins for the first time in nine years before the loss to Griffin. He won convincing decisions over fellow veterans Matt Brown and Court McGee to get himself back on track.

However, Condit feels that the preparation required to keep climbing back up to peak performance was taking its toll on him in more ways than one.

“I’m an optimist,” condit said. “I do get into those spots where I get down about things, but as soon as there’s any kind of sunlight peeking through the clouds I grasp onto that. I definitely felt some momentum, but also I think it’s more so just the time and a big piece of this is the amount of time and energy that I am still willing to put into fighting at the highest levels, I think in some ways I’m compromising things in my life, in my personal life.

“To train as a professional mixed martial artist at the highest level of the sport, that takes a lot. That takes a lot out of me energetically, emotionally, just everything. I have less to give to the rest of my life. And at this point I don’t want to make that compromise anymore.”

Before the news broke that he was retiring, Condit had been quiet on social media and gave no indication that his most recent fight would be his last. Condit was dealing with the recent death of a close friend (who Condit describes as a “brother”) due to COVID-19, so updating the public on his career status was the least of his concerns.

Condit said he’ll enjoy having the chance to step back from the spotlight, but overall there was little about his MMA experience that he regrets and if anything, it’s impossible for him to pick out one moment that stood above the rest.

“That’s really tough,” Condit said. “I’ve loved every f*cking second of it. The ups, the downs, all of it. If I had to pick a specific one, these last two fights that I won when we were out in Abu Dhabi and really just living in this surreal atmosphere. My coaches are all my really good friends and we had the opportunity to go to this crazy nice place and fight. That was a lot of fun. But I have 19, almost 20 years worth of memories so it would be really hard to pinpoint.”

Though Condit is confident that fans have seen the last of him in MMA, he’s staying involved in the martial arts community. Up next is a grappling contest against Ian Butler at Submission Underground 27 on Oct. 10.

Asked what it is about his approach to fighting that made him a favorite of fans, media, and his peers, Condit has a simple explanation.

“Having had the opportunity compete against great fighters, train alongside these great champions, since day one I have always passionate about this thing,” Condit said. “I still am. As I was thinking and all the messages, tons of messages and all this stuff coming through about my retirement, congratulating me, I’ve been sitting with that a little bit and I think maybe what resonated with people was that I approached this with passion.

“I stepped out there and I loved to fight, I love what I do, and I hoped every single time to go out there and put that on display. I love every second of this.”

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Esther Lin, MMA FightingDan Hooker will fight at UFC 266, though there was a point where that was far from certain. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent lockdown in New Zealand, Hooker was having issues getting his visa to travel to the U.S. for his fight with Nasrat Haqparast. But thankfully, he has acquired the necessary document. “I’ll be there,” Hooker, who on Saturday faces Nasrat Haqparast, said Monday on The MMA Hour. “That’s all in the clear. The visa was the only thing stopping me. Last Friday here in New Zealand, my flight was Sunday, and the consulate got in touch with me and said, ‘We’re not gonna be able to process the visa until the end of [next] week.’ I had done so much work to get to this point, so I went to social media. I went to MMA Twitter, I was on the 6:00 news here in New Zealand on a few different stations, everyone getting behind me and just bombarding the consulate. Everyone was submitting like, ‘Get Dan Hooker his visa, full applications.’ “So with everyone’s help, out of the blue, they said, ‘We’ll give you an appointment Monday midday, [and] I got down there [and] got it done. As far as I’m concerned, this fight’s [a go] and I’ll be out of here on Thursday.” This past Friday, he reached out to Kevin Covert, the acting U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, for help in getting his documents situated. @USAmbNZ Hi Kevin, apologies for messaging on here but it's a last resort. My visa is with the US embassy here in NZ as I fight next week in Las Vegas on #UFC266Update today is it won't be approved until next week due to lock down which will cancel my fight. Please help. — Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) September 16, 2021 After being granted his visa, Hooker updated the MMA world about his successful meeting. Statistically, it’s very difficult to get permission to travel internationally on short-notice, but help from the public and media likely saved the day. Squeaky wheel gets the oil. pic.twitter.com/Kr3A4Z63El— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) September 20, 2021 After Hooker put pen to paper for the Haqparast bout, a COVID-19 lockdown began in New Zealand, making things quite difficult for the City Kickboxing 155er to even train for the event on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “This camp has been a tricky one,” Hooker explained. “When I signed for this fight, it was like five weeks ago Sunday, [and] that Tuesday we went into a complete lockdown in New Zealand – and if you don’t know about lockdown in New Zealand, it’s not like other places. Absolutely everything is shut [down]. The U.S. Embassy was shut [down], the consulate was shut [down] processing any visa applications. “The UFC got in touch with them, and they said I can’t come down to the embassy to get his visa, I can just [send] it in. I filled out all the forms, [sent] it in, and I was sitting around for four weeks waiting to get my passport. For it to come to last Friday for them to say they’re not gonna get it done in time, I couldn’t accept that.” Hooker, 31, looks to bounce back from consecutive losses for the first time since the start of his pro career over 10 years ago. After winning three straight fights, Hooker headlined UFC on ESPN 12 against Dustin Poirier and lost a unanimous decision in one of the best fights of the year. In January at UFC 257, he welcomed Michael Chandler to the promotion and was stopped in just over two minutes by the former Bellator champion. Wanting badly to right the past two wrongs, Hooker is thankful to the MMA community for lending a helping hand by putting the pressure on government officials. “If I didn’t put the pressure on them, [this wouldn’t have happened],” Hooker stated. “No one will publicly come out and say, ‘If you just bombard us on social media and absolutely harass us on the 6:00 news, your visa will be processed a lot faster.’ For it to come out of the blue like that, and as far as I know, this was the only appointment they’ve given for the last five or six weeks.” Upon arriving to his meeting at the U.S. consulate, Hooker described it as a gentleman simply opening a door and extending his hand for him to pass along his paperwork to be processed. From there, he had to play the waiting game. “I waited an hour and a half, and then someone came down, handed me my passport. Not a single word was spoken,” Hooker said. “I had to have it. It’s negative energy thinking that it won’t happen. In terms of everything, that’s the easy part. Getting the visa, the flights, that’s the easy part getting to the fight. You still have to focus on the main thing, which is getting in there with one of the best fighters in the world and competing.” Hooker won’t arrive to Las Vegas until Thursday night. After checking in to the hotel, He’ll have roughly 12 hours to complete his weight cut before stepping on the scale at the official weigh-ins on Friday. Asked why he waited so long to make the trek, he revealed there really weren’t any other feasible options.

Dan Hooker details getting last-minute visa for UFC 266, not concerned about making weight
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Dan Hooker will fight at UFC 266, though there was a point where that was far from certain.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent lockdown in New Zealand, Hooker was having issues getting his visa to travel to the U.S. for his fight with Nasrat Haqparast. But thankfully, he has acquired the necessary document.

“I’ll be there,” Hooker, who on Saturday faces Nasrat Haqparast, said Monday on The MMA Hour. “That’s all in the clear. The visa was the only thing stopping me. Last Friday here in New Zealand, my flight was Sunday, and the consulate got in touch with me and said, ‘We’re not gonna be able to process the visa until the end of [next] week.’ I had done so much work to get to this point, so I went to social media. I went to MMA Twitter, I was on the 6:00 news here in New Zealand on a few different stations, everyone getting behind me and just bombarding the consulate. Everyone was submitting like, ‘Get Dan Hooker his visa, full applications.’

“So with everyone’s help, out of the blue, they said, ‘We’ll give you an appointment Monday midday, [and] I got down there [and] got it done. As far as I’m concerned, this fight’s [a go] and I’ll be out of here on Thursday.”

This past Friday, he reached out to Kevin Covert, the acting U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, for help in getting his documents situated.

After being granted his visa, Hooker updated the MMA world about his successful meeting. Statistically, it’s very difficult to get permission to travel internationally on short-notice, but help from the public and media likely saved the day.

After Hooker put pen to paper for the Haqparast bout, a COVID-19 lockdown began in New Zealand, making things quite difficult for the City Kickboxing 155er to even train for the event on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“This camp has been a tricky one,” Hooker explained. “When I signed for this fight, it was like five weeks ago Sunday, [and] that Tuesday we went into a complete lockdown in New Zealand – and if you don’t know about lockdown in New Zealand, it’s not like other places. Absolutely everything is shut [down]. The U.S. Embassy was shut [down], the consulate was shut [down] processing any visa applications.

“The UFC got in touch with them, and they said I can’t come down to the embassy to get his visa, I can just [send] it in. I filled out all the forms, [sent] it in, and I was sitting around for four weeks waiting to get my passport. For it to come to last Friday for them to say they’re not gonna get it done in time, I couldn’t accept that.”

Hooker, 31, looks to bounce back from consecutive losses for the first time since the start of his pro career over 10 years ago. After winning three straight fights, Hooker headlined UFC on ESPN 12 against Dustin Poirier and lost a unanimous decision in one of the best fights of the year. In January at UFC 257, he welcomed Michael Chandler to the promotion and was stopped in just over two minutes by the former Bellator champion.

Wanting badly to right the past two wrongs, Hooker is thankful to the MMA community for lending a helping hand by putting the pressure on government officials.

“If I didn’t put the pressure on them, [this wouldn’t have happened],” Hooker stated. “No one will publicly come out and say, ‘If you just bombard us on social media and absolutely harass us on the 6:00 news, your visa will be processed a lot faster.’ For it to come out of the blue like that, and as far as I know, this was the only appointment they’ve given for the last five or six weeks.”

Upon arriving to his meeting at the U.S. consulate, Hooker described it as a gentleman simply opening a door and extending his hand for him to pass along his paperwork to be processed. From there, he had to play the waiting game.

“I waited an hour and a half, and then someone came down, handed me my passport. Not a single word was spoken,” Hooker said. “I had to have it. It’s negative energy thinking that it won’t happen. In terms of everything, that’s the easy part. Getting the visa, the flights, that’s the easy part getting to the fight. You still have to focus on the main thing, which is getting in there with one of the best fighters in the world and competing.”

Hooker won’t arrive to Las Vegas until Thursday night. After checking in to the hotel, He’ll have roughly 12 hours to complete his weight cut before stepping on the scale at the official weigh-ins on Friday. Asked why he waited so long to make the trek, he revealed there really weren’t any other feasible options.

“There’s only two flights leaving New Zealand heading in that direction during the week,” Hooker said. “I could’ve gotten a flight on Tuesday, but it would be like 50 hours. I would fly 17 hours to Dubai and then 14 hours to [Los Angeles], so I would’ve gotten there Thursday anyway. This is my only option. If you miss that Sunday flight, then Thursday is the only flight.”

With the pressures of travel, scheduling, and a very short window from the plane landing to stepping on the scale, Hooker has no concerns that he will take home the first half of his paycheck.

“I’m not worried about that,” Hooker stated. “That’s the small stuff, we can iron that out. I’m prepared for absolutely anything. I’m just gonna do what I’m told and just focus on the fight. Whether it’s a hard cut or an easy cut, once i’m there, I’m there.

“Without a doubt, [I’ll make the weight].”

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