It’s no secret that Carlos Condit struggles when it comes to takedown defense. That weakness was exploited in his last two bouts. In those fights, Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks combined to take down Condit 19 times on 23 attempts. It was no surprise to see Condit’s opponent on Wednesday, Martin Kampmann look to follow in the footsteps of those two fighters.
The main event of UFC Fight Night 27 opened with Kampmann wasting no time in finding out if Condit had improved his takedown defense. He hadn’t.
Kampmann attempted five takedowns in the first stanza, and succeeded in sticking four of those attempts. Condit was active from the ground, but as we all know, judges rarely score rounds for the fighter working off their back no matter how aggressive they are.
When the second round began, Kampmann attempted two half-hearted takedowns, but gave up on them fairly quickly. Kampmann’s third takedown attempt was a little stronger, but it again failed.
Halfway through the second stanza it looked like Condit had figured out Kampmann’s wrestling, while at the same time finding the range for his own striking.
After the fight, we found out why Kampmann’s takedown attempts lacked the oomph of his early attempts. At the post-fight press conference, Kampmann noted that his takedown efforts in the first round left his tank running perilously close to empty.
The third round saw Kampmann get a brief takedown, but once Condit got to his feet he planted a right elbow between Kampmann’s eyes that left a nasty cut in its wake. From there, Condit walked Kampmann down, and delivered a mixed bag of strikes. Condit finished the round looking to end the fight with a rear naked choke.
When the horn sounded to end the round, a dejected Kampmann looked like a beaten man as he went to his corner. Kampmann’s shoulders were hunched over, and his face covered in blood.
The cutman was able to staunch the flow of blood between rounds, but that mattered little, as Condit hurt Kampmann with a right early in the fourth round. Once Condit had Kampmann wounded, he moved in for the kill. Condit delivered a left to the liver of Kampmann, and followed that with knees to the body. Kampmann slid to the mat, and referee Herb Dean waved the fight off, giving Condit the TKO win and ending his two-fight losing streak.
After the fight, Condit said that he was “excited and really happy” with the victory. He followed that by saying he was looking to get a title fight in the not too distant future.
The victory allowed Condit to avenge a 2009 split decision loss to Kampmann.
Wednesday’s fight also earned both Condit and Kampmann a $50,000 bonus check, as it was named Fight of the Night.