ByJoshua Molina, writer at Creators.co
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UFC great, Carlos Condit might retire after his latest loss.

Condit was tapped out by Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 21. Condit has lost five out of his past seven fights, two of them title fights.

“I don’t know if I have any business fighting at this level anymore,” Condit said during the UFC on FOX 21 post-fight press conference, according to Yahoo!. “I’ve been at this for a really long time. The pressure of being one of the top guys for almost a decade … I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I belong here anymore. We’ll see.”

Condit has been competitive in all the fights he lost recently, except for Saturday night against Maia, where he was submitted by rear naked choke at 1:52 of the first round. Maia is a submission specialist, who enjoys a big advantage over most fighters when the fight goes to the ground.

Condit, a former UFC interim welterweight champion, nearly defeated Robbie Lawler in January of this year, but lost a split decision. Coming so close to winning the title, then falling short, can take a mental toll on any fighter.

“It’s definitely been in the back of my mind for a while now,” Condit said. “It’s been a long career. I think there comes a point in every fighter’s career that they have to question how long they’re going to continue, and I’ve been doing that for a little while. It wasn’t my night tonight. I don’t know if that’s going to be the swan song for me. Hopefully not. I would hate to go out on a loss like this. I would’ve liked to at least put on an exciting show like I usually do. I don’t know what’s in the cards. I’m leaning towards possibly being done.”

Condit has also been plagued by injuries throughout his career.