After producing the most impressive finish of the night – knocking out Dan Hardy in the first round of their co-main event clash at UFC 120 earlier this evening, Carlos Condit has taken a major step up the welterweight ladder.

The KO earned him an extra $60,000 in bonus money for ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and extended his current winning streak to three fights, but ‘The Natural Born Killer’ isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I’ve just got to get back in the gym,” he told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani after the fight. “There’s nothing but monsters in this end of the division. I can’t rest on anything. Anybody’s one or two fights away from being a nobody so I got to get back to work.”

That doesn’t mean he’s not got his eye on a few fighters in the upper reaches of the division as his next opponent though.

“You know I’d like to see who wins between Kampmann and Shields. I’ve got decision losses to both those guys and I’m looking forward to seeing who wins that one.”

There’s no harm in aiming high, but realistically If Jake Shields wins that fight he’s now been all but guaranteed a shot at the title, while a win for Kampmann would surely put him in line for a No.1 contender bout with one of the division’s top contenders.

As it stands I think Condit falls just outside that range at this moment in time. Perhaps fighting the loser would be a more realistic target. Ideally I think the UFC would be tempted to give him a fresh opponent in the upper reaches of the 170lb weight class next though.

If Jon Fitch is indeed overlooked for a title shot again then a fight with him would appear to be Condit’s quickest route to the title at this stage.   The winner of Paulo Thiago Vs Diego Sanchez could also be a possibility.

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