The UFC closes out a busy August with a pair of highly anticipated fight cards this week. With Fight Night 26 from Boston having proven to be a huge success, we get another sampling Wednesday night from Indianapolis. UFC Fight Night 27 will be headlined by what promises to be an all-action rematch between welterweights Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann. The pair first met at UFC Fight Night 18 back in 2009, and it was Kampmann getting the nod in a hotly contested three round battle. A big difference this time, however, is that it will be a five round affair.
There is plenty on the line for both fighters, as they hope not to fall any further down the welterweight ladder. Condit has suffered decision losses to champion Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks in his last two fights. As for Kampmann, he was on the receiving end of a ferocious left hand from the “Bigg Rigg” his last time out, suffering a 46 second KO loss to Hendricks. Kampmann is just 3-and-3 in his last six fights. He’s not lacking in confidence, however, believing he can get the finish against Condit. Condit has sustained a trio of submission losses in his career, but has never been knocked out.
Condit and Kampmann both possess well rounded games, and there’s really not much to separate them in advance of the rematch. Kampmann is well known as a comeback king, due to some of his dramatic victories when all seemed lost. He exhibited that trait in what was his last victory against Jake Ellenberger. The Danish fighter will bleed, and has been KO’d on a handful of occasions, but he has also shown an ability to wear down opponents, and possesses a number of finishes.
Condit has shown his mettle in the past, with highlight reel KO’s of Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Hardy, and also has a victory over top contender Rory MacDonald. He wants to get back in the title picture again, after holding an interim belt after his victory against Nick Diaz in their title fight at UFC 143. Despite the losses to GSP and Hendricks, Condit remains highly regarded within the division. He performed admirably in both of those bouts, which received Fight of the Night distinction.
Kampmann has never gone past three rounds in his entire MMA career, while Condit has shown he has no trouble surviving a 25 minute fight. If this fight drags into deep waters, Condit may enjoy a stamina advantage over his opponent. Regardless of how long it lasts, it should be a compelling tilt, and should act as a great opening act to UFC 164, which follows from Milwaukee just three days later.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports