Carlos Condit recently called it a career after a 19-year run in MMA. His last fight was a loss against Max Griffin and that was the moment he decided to call it.

He went on The MMA Hour Monday to discuss the decision and what exactly went on to lead to it.

“It was time, man,” Condit said to Ariel Helwani (transcribed by Alex K. Lee). “It was time. For a lot of different reasons. After that last fight, I felt like I put together a good camp and I was just a step behind Max. I feel like I could really try to tweak things and I could try to figure out what’s missing, what part of the formula isn’t working right now and then go and test it again and test it again, but that’s a tough thing to do. That’s a tough thing to do because ultimately I have to go and put myself on the firing line to see if what I’m doing is working.

“At a certain point there’s diminishing returns, so I think it’s time to move on.”

Carlos Condit had discussed the possibility of retiring back in 2016 when he lost Demian Maia by submission. The seeds had been planted and everyone knew it was a possibility from then on.

Normally after losses, Condit is furious and leaving his things behind at the hotel. This time things were different, and that’s how he knew he was done.

“I’d been leaving a hotel room after a loss and been pissed off and leaving all my gear in a real salty mood and basically, ‘I’m done with this shit,’” Condit said. “But this time was different. I wasn’t salty about it, I just felt like it was the right move. Probably about three weeks or a month ago I called Dana and I let him know, so this thing has been coming down the pipe for a little while.”