COMMENTARY | Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann's first tilt ended with a controversial decision favoring the latter, but the "Natural Born Killer" will get a chance to set the record straight when the two headline UFC Fight Night 27.
Here are my predictions for the entire UFC Fight Night 27 fight card set for Aug. 28 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.:
Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
Kampmann (20-6-0, 8 KOs) and Condit (28-7-0, 13 KOs) are technically knowledgeable strikers with solid grappling skills to go with it. Kampmann was able to use his BJJ to edge out a decision during their previous outing, but I doubt that will be the case at UFC Fight Night 27.
Condit has made numerous improvements as a mixed martial artist since then, improvements which were evident during his bouts against Nick Diaz, Georges St. Pierre, and Johny Hendricks. The fact their bout is a five-rounder should also work in Carlos' favor during the championship rounds, as he's been a part of two five-round bouts within the past year while Kampmann has never gone past the 15-minute mark in his MMA career.
Prediction: Condit wins via TKO.
Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Dos Anjos (19-6-0, 8 submissions) is currently on a four-fight win streak, but he'll have his hands full when he squares up against Cerrone (20-5-0, 13 submissions) at UFC Fight Night 27. Cerrone should have the advantage in the striking department, but he might find himself in over his head if dos Anjos is able to consistently put him on his back. Still, the odds seem to favor Cerrone in this one.
Prediction: Cerrone wins via decision.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon
Gastelum (6-0-0, 3 KOs) is coming off an upset victory against Uriah Hall, edging out a close split decision at "The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale." Melancon (7-2-0, 4 KOs) also knows a thing or two about upsets. He made a strong statement during his UFC debut, handing Seth Baczynski a vicious beating en route to a first-round KO victory. Melancon clearly has finishing power in his hands, and he's really good at closing the distance on his opponents.
Brian should be able to force a standup battle at UFC Fight Night 27, so I expect him to emerge victorious.
Prediction: Melancon wins via TKO.
Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker
Whittaker (11-2-0, 5 KOs) is one of the promising prospects in the UFC's welterweight division, and he'll get a chance to test his skills against a well-rounded veteran at UFC Fight Night 27. McGee's (15-3-0, 7 submissions) best bet against Whittaker would probably be to pressure the 22-year-old and grind him down, but that won't be an easy task given Whittaker's solid striking and takedown defense.
Prediction: Whittaker wins via decision.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez
Perez (13-4-0, 7 submissions) is currently on an eight-fight win streak, but that doesn't mean a win against Mizugaki (17-7-2, 5 KOs) is guaranteed. Takeya has already fought many of the best bantamweights around, so Perez will need to bring his A-game come fight time.
Prediction: Perez wins via decision.
Brad Tavares vs. Robert McDaniel
Tavares (10-1-0, 4 KOs) has been on a tear lately, and that probably won't change at UFC Fight Night 27. McDaniel (21-6-0, 16 submissions) struggled against lower level fighters during his stint on the 17th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," so it's hard to see him getting past a promising middleweight like Tavares, who should have the advantage regardless of where the fight takes place.
Prediction: Tavares wins via TKO.
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