“I’m still kind of up in the air for me. I don’t know. I want the title fight with Lawler. I feel like I should be the champion and I should be defending the belt. We can wish all we want but the reality is what it is. I don’t know. If a fight that piques my interest is offered to me, particularly the rematch with Lawler then I think I could get excited. Otherwise, I think I’m on hiatus… I would be stoked [to fight Lawler at UFC 200]. That’s definitely something that I would shoot for. That would be ideal. I don’t think anybody would be sad about them making that matchup. I understand there’s other fights that might want to make and that’s basically want they told me, but I’m going to stay in shape. You know how this sport is, people get hurt, people back out of fights. If that happens in this situation, I’ll be ready to step in and fill in for the challenger. I don’t think anybody would be sad about that.”
-Carlos Condit talks to FoxSports.com about his fighting future, and why that pretty much includes only a rematch with UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler.
Penick’s Analysis: Condit should have the title around his waist after that UFC 195 bout, and it makes him a compelling option for Lawler at UFC 200 depending on what else gets put together. With Conor McGregor out of the running for that title fight, Condit’s the best option outside of a returning Georges St-Pierre for Lawler. He’s deserving of a rematch, and with the Rory MacDonald-Stephen Thompson fight not happening until June, it’s the fight we’ll likely see should GSP not come back.
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