Albuquerque’s Carlos Condit said before the fight that he was ravenous, but it was Court McGee who ate most of the punches.
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Condit — ravenous for victory, he’d said, after five consecutive losses — defeated McGee by unanimous decision Saturday in a featured welterweight bout on a UFC Fight Night card.
All three scorecards read 30-27 for Condit (31-13), who broke McGee’s nose with a right hand at the end of the first round and erased any doubts about his immediate future in the sport.
McGee, of Orem, Utah, is 19-10.
It was Condit’s first victory since 2015.
“I’ve had some ups and downs, surgeries,” he said in the Octagon afterward. “But it’s a pleasure to get in there and compete against a guy like Court.”
The first round appeared up for grabs until, at the bell, Condit dropped McGee with a big right hand. McGee, appearing dazed, walked back to his corner with his nose rearranged.
McGee never stopped competing, and landed some solid kicks. But Condit fought with progressively more confidence throughout the final two rounds — keeping McGee at bay with movement while landing an array of punches and kicks.
Neither fighter attempted a takedown.
Asked about his future, Condit said, “Next step forward, whatever it is. Keep working, focus on what I’ve got to do, take care of business.”
At 36, he made it clear he’s still all business in the Octagon and not ready to leave.