Fight fans are in for a treat this Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a card headlined by a rematch of one of 2009’s best UFC fights.
In fact, if you were trying to build an memorable fight, that first bout between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, where we saw a little of everything, would offer a pretty good recipe.
There was some really solid striking, including a nasty knee to the head which cut Kampmann to begin the second stanza. There were some excellent grappling exchanges, like later in the same round as Condit eluded a Kampmann choke, to maneuver to the Dane’s back, only to be reversed back into his own guard. Don’t forget a submission or three, like Kampmann rocking back for a heel hook just after evading a sweep. More than anything, what comes to mind to me about the bout is that most elusive of judging criterion, effective aggressiveness, which we saw throughout the fight.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please have a look here.
So, how did you score it?
Notice that the judges couldn’t agree, and actually, neither did our friends in the MMA media. At Sherdog.com, Jordan Breen had it 29-28 for Kampmann, while Mike Fridley had it 29-28 for Condit. A statistical analysis from Fightmetric shows Condit with a minor edge in striking, but at a disadvantage in the grappling exchanges.
So, what’s the final word? Well, Kampmann got the nod. But even he would remark after the bout, “Thanks to Carlos, he’s a true warrior and that could have gone either way.”
Here’s my very unofficial scorecard… because, well, absolutely no one asked me, actually. But I hope you enjoy it anyway. Here we go…
During the broadcast’s “Tale of the Tape,” commentator Mike Goldberg refers to Kampmann as “the Dane, two years the elder of the American (Condit).” Thankfully, gone are the days he’d describe the Denmark native, now fighting out of Las Vegas, as a “Dutch kickboxer.” (Ugh.) Kampmann looks relaxed during introductions, even smirking — while Condit scowls.
Round one opens with the fighters moving into a clinch almost immediately. A Kampmann takedown lands the Dane in side control, where he attacks with a guillotine. Condit narrowly escapes and passes to Kampmann’s side. Condit takes him right back down after a brief Kampmann escape. Kampmann reverses and rocks back for a heel hook. But Condit escapes to land some of the best strikes of the fight. The round ends with a late Kampmann takedown.
It was a great round and I loved the submission attempts from Kampmann, but the striking was effective enough that I’d actually lean to Condit. An even round would seem fair, as well.
Round two sees Condit open with more effective striking: a one-two, round kick to the body, and a leg kick, but he fails to take Kampmann down after attaining double underhooks. Kampmann pummels out of the position and scores a takedown of his own. There, he fails to take much advantage.
Condit fights to his feet, scoring a front kick to the face, some nasty knees, and several roundhouse elbows.
The two grapple back and forth to the bell, exchanging positions several times. But again, the striking would seem to give the edge to Condit.
Round three was the easiest round to score. Kampmann loses an early striking exchange, but comes back to take Condit down. Finally Kampmann strikes well there, posturing up for right hands as he threatens to pass. A guillotine attempt by Condit fails to turn the tide. This round was a clear 10-9 in favor of Kampmann.
So, I end up with the minority opinion, scoring the bout 29-28 to Carlos Condit. But what about you?
Let us know in the comments, and enjoy the five-round rematch this Wednesday!