It’s been a long 441 days for Carlos Condit, who returns to action this weekend at UFC Fight Night 67.

The New Mexico native suffered a partially torn meniscus and torn ACL last year against Tyron Woodley, beginning a long layoff.

But in his appearance on UFC Tonight, “The Natural Born Killer,” who has won the WEC welterweight title and the UFC interim welterweight title in the past, showed no problem looking towards the future.

Asked how close he is to a shot the UFC title, Condit said, “It depends how the fight goes (between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald). If Rory wins, it might be a quicker path for me. But either way, in three to four fights and I should be right there.”

Condit defeated MacDonald in a dramatic TKO back in 2010 at UFC 115 in Canada.

Asked to pick a winner in the Lawler vs. MacDonald bout, Condit was quick with his answer: old foe MacDonald.

“I pick Rory this time. I think he’ll learn from the first fight; open up and not be so conservative — and come away with the belt.”

Condit will fight fellow welterweight contender Thiago Alves Saturday. For his part, Condit had nothing but praise for his opponent — including the Brazilian’s leg kicks, which are among the division’s best.

“It’s something I have to be aware of, whether my knee was injured or not,” Condit said. “I wouldn’t want to take those.”

“Thiago is a phenomenal fighter, well rounded, good everywhere,” Condit said. “My key to victory is pushing the pace. I can grind him get him tired. I need to stick to my game plan, use my reach.”

UFC Fight Night Condit vs. Alves will air on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night.