In what continues to be an incredible month for UFC cards, the promotion will once again take to the air waves next week with its 3rd of 4 shows, in August.
UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2, will air live on FOX Sports 1 August 28th and with it another solid night of fights.
Headlining the event will be a re-match bout between two perennial welterweight stalwarts, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit and Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann.
In their last meeting (2009 / Fight Night 18), Kampmann won a close split decision victory and stained Condit’s UFC debut with a loss.
Since that time the 11 & 5 Kampmann and the 5 & 3 Condit have had different career trajectories.
Kampmann, who amazingly has been with the promotion (now) 7 years, has had a spotty record and never been able to amass enough wins to put him into serious title contention. His last bit of momentum, a 3 fight winning streak, was abruptly and infamously brought to end by Johny Hendricks, with his 46 second KO of the Hitman.
Condit on the other hand, raked up a 5 fight winning streak post his loss to Kampmann and became interim middleweight champion; a title he subsequently relinquished in a loss to current and (then returning) division champion, George St. Pierre.
As it stands today, the two find themselves fighting for relevance within an ever improving and deepening division. Kampmann, ranked #6 in the division, needs to erase the image of his November 2012 KO at the hands of Johny Hendricks and to raise his profile within the division. A defeat, let alone another defeat, of #2 ranked Carlos Condit could well achieve those goals.
For Condit, he’s on a two fight losing streak and even though the losses were to the division’s champion and it’s #1 contender, a 3rd loss is something that he will want to avoid at all costs and stopping his losing streaking at the expense of Martin Kampmann, while at the same time avenging his 2009 loss, is a perfect storm of opportunity for the Natural Born Killer.
This should be a very exciting fight and one that has a fair amount of import within the 170 pound class. As many fans have been looking forward to this fight for a number of years, they will finally get their wish in 9 days’ time.