Call this the political side of cagefighting

Posted: August 03, 2007

Carlos Condit won his only professional boxing match in 2004, but that probably isn't what best prepared him for the rough 'n' tumble world of mixed martial arts.

If you want to see some real infighting, try politics.

Condit (20-4), who defends his World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight championship against Brock Larson (21-1) Sunday night in the main event at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, is the son of Brian Condit, who serves as chief of staff to New Mexico governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Richardson.

The bout will be televised on the Versus channel.

"Because of the nature of his job, he's not that involved in [Richardson's presidential campaign],'' Condit, 23, said of his father. "He's sort of holding things down on the homefront."

Figuratively speaking, politicians have been known to go to the mat, and such is the case with the younger Condit, whose nickname is "Natural Born Killer." The Albuquerque, N.M., native enters this bout, his first since winning the title against John Alessio in March, with all of his victories by knockout or submission.

It will be an interesting matchup of styles, with Condit well-schooled in wrestling, Brazilian jujitsu and Muay Thai, while Larson, 29, from Brainerd, Minn., is a very strong striker.

"Carlos is a great fighter, but my time is now," Larson said. "If he wants to stand, I will stand, and if he wants to take it to the ground, I'll beat him on the ground. One way or the other I'm going to punish him."

The co-featured bout pairs Joe Doerksen (39-9), of Winnipeg, Manitoba, vs. Brazil's Paulo Filho (14-0) for the vacant WEC middleweight title. *

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