For four years, Carlos Condit has been waiting for his chance to redeem a loss suffered at the hands of Martin Kampmann. After a rocky first round that Kampmann controlled in their rematch at UFC on Fox Sports 2 (or UFC Fight Night 27), Condit was able to avenge the loss in dominant fashion. It was a great showing from the former interim UFC welterweight champion, but exactly how impressive of a win was it?
Coming into the fight, both men were in dire need of getting a win. Condit had dropped two straight, albeit to the top two fighters in the UFC welterweight division, while Kampmann was also coming off a loss to Johny Hendricks. Not only were both men looking to get back in the win column, but Condit had to come into the fight with a lot on his mind considering the circumstances.
After the rocky first round, Condit listened to Greg Jackson and his other coaches and remained calm throughout. While Kampmann began to feel the pressure after being hit with constant strikes, Condit continued to pick him apart with punches and kicks. By the end of the third round, Kampmann’s face looked a lot like a piece of meat going through a grinder, but the Dane wouldn’t quit. It wasn’t until a shot to the liver rocked him. Being the finisher that he is, Condit pounced and delivered big knees and punches until referee Herb Dean stepped in and ended the fight.
After the fight, Condit said that he wants the winner of the fight between Georges St-Pierre and Hendricks for the welterweight title, but this should not warrant a title shot. If Hendricks pulls off the upset, St-Pierre will likely get an immediate title fight rematch or the UFC could switch things up and give Rory MacDonald a shot at the title. Either way, Condit still needs a few more wins to reach the pinnacle of the sport again, but for now, he should be happy with the W.