UFC president Dana White told the post-UFC 158 press scrum he was impressed with Carlos Condit's (28-7) performance, despite his loss to Johny Hendricks (15-1) in the co-main event. Condit absorbed a few big left hands from "Big Rigg" and was taken down a total of 12 times by the former NCAA Division 1 champion. But he held his own on the feet and never stopped attacking off his back, eventually losing the fight 28-29, 28-29, 28-29. Given another two rounds, many fans think the outcome would have been different. Hendricks has secured himself a title shot, while Condit could be matched with the returning Rory MacDonald or dare I say it, Nick Diaz.
"That fight was unbelievable. That's what I'm talking about when you talk about mixed martial arts. And again, Nick (Diaz) started to allude to Pride and how they'd make it exciting and everything else. You didn't have to make that fight exciting. You didn't need yellow cards and you didn't need to say, 'action.' When you have two well-rounded mixed martial artists in there, meaning a guy like Carlos Condit, who can wrestle - and he says his wrestling isn't up to par. His wrestling looked phenomenal tonight, every time Johny Hendricks got him down that kid got back up. He either got back up to his feet or he was landing from the bottom."
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