Carlos Condit’s fight with Tyron Woodley ended in unfortunate circumstances at UFC 171 on Saturday night when he injured his knee.

Condit first appeared to be in pain after being taken doing by Woodley in the second round, but after getting back to his feet it was a leg kick that spun him around before dropping to the canvas in agony, unable to continue.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ was immediately taken to hospital where an initial assessment suggested that he could be suffering from both a tear to his small miniscus and a torn ACL.

The 29 year-old will now undergo an MRI later this week once the swelling in his knee has gone down in order to discover the full extent of the damage, but it would seem likely that Condit is going to be out for a lengthy period recovering from this freak injury.

Condit had gone into his co-main event fight with Woodley as the No.2 contender in the division, and a win had been expected to earn him a title shot at the winner of the main event, which turned out to be Johny Hendricks.

His place on the rankings will now take a hit as a result of Saturday night however, and in addition to his injures, Condit now has to face the grim reality that he’s lost three of his last four fights.

That being said, his losses have come to some of the division’s elite talent, including former title holder Georges St.Pierre and newly crowned champ Johny Hendricks, so there’s no danger that he’ll have to worry for his future in the UFC any time soon.

Still, the welterweight division is changing and evolving at a rapid rate and Condit may face a significant challenge to work his way back up into the title picture after he returns to full health.