| This was a very highly anticipated rematch between two top ranked UFC welterweight contenders and the fight lived up to the hype.
Surprisingly Kampmann came right out and looked for a takedown. Condit has a pretty strong wrestling defense but the last two fights he’s lost were to wrestlers and it seemed that Kampmann was looking to use that blueprint to beat Condit in this fight as well. Kampmann scored an early takedown, controlled Condit for the opening couple of minutes but then Condit scrambled and ended up on top. That didn’t last long either as Kampmann came back up and then moments later used a nice body-lock trip to take Carlos back down. With about a minute left Condit came back to his feet and then landed some nice strikes from the feet. With about 20 seconds left Kampmann scored another takedown and ended the round on top. It was an interesting game plan to see from Kampmann but it was working at the opening of the fight as I think it won him the opening frame, 10-9.
The second round saw Condit coming out looking to use the kicks to keep Kampann at bay but Martin was relentless with his attack. The two men would exchange and Kampmann would go for a leg and takedown. For the first few minutes of the round Kampmann was unsuccessful with the takedowns and as the round wore on it was Condit who was finding a home with his striking. He was finding his range and picking apart Kampmann from the outside. Kampmann was looking a little battered toward the end of the round and shot in but Condit slipped out and ended the round getting the better of the strikes. I gave the second round to Condit, 10-9, for more strikes landed and for stuffing all of Kampmann’s takedown attempts in the 2nd.
The third round was much of the same as Condit defended all of Kampmann’s takedown attempts and was battering Martin with his strikes. Condit began controlling every exchange, every clinch, and at about two minutes into the round Conidt sliced Kampmann open with a huge elbow over that he landed over the top. Blood poured from the face of Kampmann and Condit completely took over the fight from there. Everything seemed to be landing for “The Natural Born Killer” and then late in the round Condit took the back of Kampmann in a transition and sunk in a rear-naked choke. It seemed like the fight was going to end but Kampmann survived, rolled out, created one more scramble and escaped at the end of the third round. Beautiful grappling displayed by both men, but the third round was all Condit. I scored it a 10-9, maybe even close to a 10-8, for “The Natural Born Killer”.
Kampmann came out in the 4th round still showing some life. He still shot in for takedowns and threw strikes but Condit took over seconds later when he caught Kampmann with a left hook to the head and then a left hook to the liver. Kampmann was clearly shaken up and tried to survive but Condit swarmed him and didn’t allow him to get away. Kampmann then dropped to the canvas, still covering up, but Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight as Condit was clearing only going to do more damage than necessary.
What an impressive fight for Carlos Condit as he finished Martin Kampmann via TKO at :54 seconds of the 4th round.
Kampmann did all that he could to survive and try to keep up with Condit but it wasn’t enough. Condit looked better and better as the fight continued on and he overtook Kampmann as the championship rounds began.
Condit was the #2 ranked welterweight contender in the UFC but this was a much needed win for him as he had lost his previous two fights to Champion GSP and #1 contender Johny Hendricks. Having already lost to both men ranked above him it will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to do with “The Natural Born Killer” next.
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