- UFC 158
Condit fires warning to MacDonald
Carlos Condit has warned Rory MacDonald that defeat has made him even more dangerous ahead of a rematch in March.
Condit was too good for the young Canadian back in June 2010, earning a third round knockout at UFC 115, but MacDonald, who was only 20 at the time, has improved hugely since that time.
After a dominant win over BJ Penn earlier this month, MacDonald has been granted his wish of a rematch, with the pair set to step into the Octagon at UFC 158 in March.
However, Condit has warned MacDonald that he too is a better fighter than he was two-and-a-half years ago and his recent defeat to UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has only served to fire him up.
"I'm a different fighter," Condit told ESPN. "I'm a bigger, more physically imposing fighter. I'm in my prime right now. And I can't say the same for BJ. I've just come off a loss, the biggest fight of my career. I'm fired up. I'm looking to come back with a vengeance."
He added: "I'm also fired up because I was called out on national television [by MacDonald. I gave him the worst beating of his life. I beat the snot out of him. He can come up with all the excuses that he wants; he's got to fight me again.
"Rory has a lot of hype behind him; people are talking about him. A win over him - another win over him - will put me right back in the [title] mix."
Condit, who held the interim 170-pound belt until his defeat to St-Pierre in Montreal, is taking plenty of positives from the fight.
"I proved that I can compete with the best in the world," Condit said. "I almost had the fight in the bag. With some adjustments and a few tweaks in my game, I'm going to be able to capitalise on those moments that I had in the last fight.
"I think I did a pretty good job. I did the best that I could in preparing for Georges, knowing what I knew. Some things worked and some things didn't; now we have to go back and refine. After a test like that, I have a lot of information to come back a much better fighter."