Whether it’s because a ridiculously stacked UFC Fight Night 26 card just went down, or that Benson Henderson is about to battle Anthony Pettis for a second time, it seems like Condit-Kampmann II is getting overlooked just a wee bit. When you consider that there first fight was extremely entertaining (see the evidence here), and that both men are top ten welterweights, the August 28th rematch belongs on any MMA fans ‘must see list.’
As you may recall, Martin Kampmann battled his way to a split decision win over Carlos Condit in 2009, which was the latter’s Octagon debut and also ended the former WEC champ’s eight fight win streak. Since then, Condit’s gone on to score a 5-2 record in the UFC and lay claim to the interim belt, while Kampmann has put together a 5-4 run. Of course, both men have done so while battling many of the promotion’s top 170’ers.
So, how does Kampmann see his rematch with Condit going down? Considering it was over four years ago when they first fought (which is crazy to think about)? While speaking to Sherdog.com recently, here’s some of what the “Hitman” had to say.
“I expect a war. I’m preparing for five rounds of tough action. Carlos Condit always brings it and he tries to go in there and finish his opponents and that’s what I do. So, it’s going to be a hell of a fight; it’s going to be action packed.”
“He’s a very complete fighter, you know, he’s very dangerous standing up, he’ll throw unorthodox stuff that can catch people off guard. He’s got a really dangerous guard, dangerous jiu-jitsu, submissions. People are kind of dogging on his wrestling but he just fought two of the best wrestlers in the division, so, I definitely don’t think his wrestling is as bad as people say.”
Hard to argue with any of that really. Not only should it be a great fight, but there’s a lot riding on it, since both men are coming off losses.
UFC Fight Night 27 will be hosted by the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and the main card will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.