Carlos Condit wants to replace Jon Fitch at UFC 132

nullFrom MMAMania.com

Jon Fitch recently had to pull out of his scheduled UFC 132 rematch with B.J. Penn due to an undisclosed injury and now the UFC must find a replacement.

But, who can step in for one of the top welterweights in all of MMA?

Carlos Condit believes he can.

“The Natural Born Killer” posted the following on his twitter account earlier today:

It would be an honor to fight a legend like BJ Penn, one of my favorite fighters ever. If the call comes, I would take the fight in a second.

Condit, the last WEC welterweight champion, has a 26-5 record and he is 3-1 in the UFC with his lone loss being a split decision to Martin Kampmann.

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MMA pound-for-pound top 10 rankings

nullWhat’s a blog site without rankings?

Everyone has their say. Everyone has their opinion. Well, as someone that has been watching MMA for almost a decade, I think I have a pretty good eye for a well-rounded fighter.

Here is my take on the top 10 in all of MMA. This is a list I will update regularly and I am sure there is plenty of room for debate in my choices.

1. Anderson Silva (28-4): The pound-for-pound king to me is the UFC middleweight champion. The guy hasn’t lost since 2006, and that was by DQ. His last loss by submission or KO was a 2004 loss via flying heel hook. Silva is a work of art and a pleasure to watch in action. He truly is an artist with his striking and he rarely throws a punch or kick that goes to waste. Silva has been unbeatable in the UFC, but the blueprint to beat him seems to be pretty clear. His takedown defense is somewhat lacking and you have to bring the fight to him right away. Many opponents make the mistake of letting Silva go through his feel out process in the first round and once he does, it is lights out. Silva likely has a super fight with Georges St. Pierre or a title defense against Yushin Okami next. Both fighters possess the skills to beat him.

2. Georges St. Pierre (21-2): GSP is No. 2 on this list simply due to his lack of finishing fights. It would be hard to argue that any fighter has dominated his opponents on average more than St. Pierre, but he still hasn’t been able to win in the fashion that Silva has. St. Pierre has shown very well-rounded skills as he can out-strike, out-wrestle, and out-submit his opponents. His defense is very good as well as he rarely takes damage and is one of the best at staying off his back. For someone to beat the UFC welterweight champion, they will have to either land a clean punch or put him on his back. Both of those tasks will be difficult.

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With Jones vs. Evans set, will other MMA teammates face off?

nullAs impressive a win as Jon “Bones” Jones had at UFC 128 over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the UFC Light Heavyweight title, the victory became somewhat overshadowed by the drama between Jones and former teammate Rashad Evans.

Evans was originally scheduled to fight Rua for the title but a knee injury six weeks before the fight forced the UFC to find a replacement—Jones. As the fight drew closer the speculation as to whether Jones and Evans would even fight each other if Jones won the title started to pick up. Things were said by both parties and ultimately, the end result is that Evans is now leaving Team Jackson to pursue a title fight with Jones leaving plenty of people with a bad taste in their mouths. Team Jackson is run by renowned trainer, Greg Jackson.

The fight will no doubt be a big draw for the UFC as there will certainly be plenty of mud slinging going on in the weeks leading up to the bout. This will be one of the first, in what I think the UFC hopes will be many, fights featuring guys who either have or currently train together.

Here are a few other intriguing fights that could possibly shape up one day or another between training partners:

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Lesnar on the Ultimate Fighter: a win-win situation

nullThe 13th season of the Ultimate Fighter debuts tonight at 9 p.m. on SpikeTV and it features heavyweight coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos. While many could probably care less about Dos Santos’ involvement, the addition of Lesnar to this series is a big upgrade for the UFC.

Love him or hate him, Brock Lesnar is the biggest draw in all of MMA. Just this past year, both of the pay-per-views he headlined went over 1 million PPV buys. His UFC 116 main event with Shane Carwin led all UFC PPV’s in terms of purchases for the year of 2010, and his fight with Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 finished tied for the second most PPV buys in the year with UFC 114.

While The Ultimate Fighter show saw a little boost last season with Georges St. Pierre as coach, the series has become a little watered down and stale compared to when it first appeared on the scene.

But, with Lesnar being a coach this season, the numbers should spike (no pun intended). Lesnar is a polarizing figure. His size, his appearance, his demeanor, and his personality all seem to draw fans in—that includes me.

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