AMERICAN mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit said that Filipino fighters are among the best
and most powerful strikers in the world and the proof of that is the punching prowess of eight division world
champion Manny Pacquiao.
Condit, 30, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, told reporters that Filipinos are brave and is a force to reckon with in combat sports like boxing and MMA.
“Filipinos are great fighters, wise, fast and strong like Manny Pacquiao,” Condit said during a press conference organized by ABS CBN Balls Channel in Quezon City. “He [Pacquiao] is a good and powerful striker. He also moves well in different angle.”
When asked on his prediction of the Pacquiao-Chris Algieri bout on November 23 in Macau, Condit said: “Pacquiao will win in the early rounds absolutely. Pacquiao’s talent and punching skills are really far from Algieri’s level. I admire Pacquiao, he’s the best fighter.”
Condit, who became a professional MMA fighter at the age of 18, also praised Filipino-American MMA fighters light heavyweight Brandon Vera and middleweight Mark Muñoz.
“They are both good fighters,” said Condit, who drew loud cheers from the crowd. “Brandon and Mark are great grapplers and they give out their best every bout.”
He advised current and aspiring Filipino fighters to be careful in fighting and to train hard. “You have to protect your brain all the time and your chin. At the same time, discipline, proper training and conditioning are the keys to success.”
“In fact, I’d like my son to be a martial artist. There are so many life lessons to learn in martial arts,” he added. Condit is currently recovering from a torn meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, injuries that he sustained from his last fight against Tyrone Woodley in UFC 171 in March in Dallas Texas.
“My knee is doing fine, I’m about to be cleared to spar at 100 percent and I hope to be back fighting within the next five to six months,” he said. “I’d love to have a rematch with everyone that I’ve lost to.”