COMMENTARY | On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 27, former two-time world champion Carlos Condit will battle UFC veteran Martin Kampmann.
For Condit, who is on a two-fight losing streak, a victory against Kampmann would prevent him from losing his No. 2 ranking and cement his position atop the welterweight division.
UFC Fight Night 27 marks the combatants' second meeting. They first headlined at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1, 2009. The two fought valiantly, with Kampmann taking home the split-decision victory.
Nevertheless, after losing his UFC debut, Condit went on a five-fight winning streak, securing the interim UFC welterweight championship against Nick Diaz at UFC 143. Kampmann's next five fights, on the other hand, yielded a 2-3 record.
However, Kampmann is 3-1 in his last four fights. A win over a name opponent and former champion in Condit would undoubtedly catapult the No. 6-ranked welterweight to the top of his division. Having won their first bout, the "Hitman" is more than confident in his abilities to finish the former UFC champion.
During an interview with BJPenn.com's Late Night Cage Side Radio Show, Kampmann stated:
"We got five rounds to finish that [expletive], and I'm going for the finish. I'll finish Carlos Condit ... I see me getting the finish and getting the win. That's what I see, and it's going to be a hell of a fight. I'm coming in to finish him. ... August 28, we're gonna come in there and scrap, but I'm going to walk away with the finish. I'm going to walk away as the winner."
Condit, on the other hand, is facing a great amount of pressure heading into his bout with Kampmann. At UFC 158 and at UFC 154, the "Natural Born Killer" lost to longtime welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and the division's No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks, respectively.
Losing to a No. 6 contender would push Condit down the welterweight division's totem pole. It would also have him drop two bouts to the same fighter and lose three consecutive matchups for the first time in his career. Ultimately, and more important, a third consecutive loss would compromise the Natural Born Killer's job security with the UFC, leaving Condit vulnerable to a company pink slip.
However, Condit believes that he has that advantage heading into his August 28 matchup. In a recent interview , he stated:
"Kampmann is very well-rounded. He has a lot of ways to win. I just have to be better in each aspect of the game. I feel like my movement and my striking are better … he's very good with straight lines, not so much on angles. And I feel I have the endurance to really push the five, five-minutes rounds."
At UFC Fight Night 27, if Condit is able to secure this pivotal win, he will prove that his skills have evolved since his last meeting with Kampmann and remain in the top five of one of the UFC's most deepest and talented divisions.
Clinton Alexander Bullock has been a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner for many years. He has studied mixed martial arts for 12 years and has been published in Yahoo! News, Bleacher Report, Philadelphia Sunday Sun Newspaper, and Next Step Magazine. Follow him on MMAUnchained.net, Facebook & Twitter @clintonbullock.
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