The back-and-forth war went to a split decision, with "The Hitman" coming out victorious, and Condit looking strong in defeat.
Condit had been WEC champion prior to the promotion folding, and the loss to Kampmann proved he could hang in the UFC. "The Natural Born Killer" went on to show just how much he deserved to be in the UFC by winning his next five fights before coming up short in a welterweight title tilt against Georges St. Pierre.
Kampmann has gone 5-4 since the decision. His performances have ranged from a heroic come-from-behind win against Thiago Alves, to a back-and-forth stoppage victory over Jake Ellenberger, to a crushing defeat delivered by Johny Hendricks.
This bout comes with their careers at a crossroads. They are both coming off losses to Hendricks and trying to remain relevant in one of MMA's toughest divisions.
Each fighter has shown weaknesses that haven't been fully adjusted since 2009. Condit lacks elite takedown defense, and Kampmann, a highly technical striker, can be overwhelmed by fighters who can pressure him standing. However, it's a testament to both that they're still near the top of the welterweight division.
While neither fighter is expected to challenge for a title anytime soon, the increase in fight cards from the FS1 and FS2 deal means the UFC will need more fighters with name recognition and elite skill to headline free cards.
This matchup works perfectly as a headliner, because Condit and Kampmann are both respected by MMA's hardcore fans and known to causal fans as guys who put on a great show. It's also not a fight that would have generated PPV buys, and the UFC can afford to put it on free television.
Condit and Kampmann may not be fighting for a title anytime soon, but they're going to showcase elite skill and potentially put on another classic. Each fighter is well-rounded and dangerous from any position, which adds an added sense of drama and unpredictability.
Where their careers go from here is unknown, but fans can expect an exciting fight where anything can happen.
Joe Napoli has been a follower of MMA since the Dark Ages. Twitter: @JoeJNapoli.
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