FiveOuncesOfPain.com just got off of the telephone from the Ultimate Fight Night 18 conference call that took place this afternoon with the headliners of UFN 18, Martin Kampmann and Carlos Condit. Also in attendance to answer questions during the call were the coaches of TUF 9, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping. Some relative highlights of the call are as follows:
Kampmann says he is used to welterweight now and is over the Marquardt loss.
Condit says fighting in the UFC is a natural progression for his career
Condit says the change to the new camp at Arizona combat sports is because he was burnt out at his old camp and that the guys at Arizona combat excel in areas that he wants to improve, mainly wrestling.
Condit is not worried about UFC jitters. Feels he has a lot of big fight experience.
Condit thinks Kampmann is tough and very well rounded. He hasn’t focused on anything in particular for Kampmann
Both fighters are excited to be headliners in Tennessee but think a fight is a fight.
Condit said it was a difficult decision to move to Arizona from New Mexico but he needed the change and has thought about it for years. He moved with his Fiancé and they are both settling in Arizona.
Kampmann likes living in the US but still likes to visit home. The UFC helps him maintain his work visa. He knew no one but Mike Pyle when he moved here, and he didn’t even know Pyle all that well.
Condit is confident with his new corner men. New school is a little more technical than old camp. Leaving his old camp was one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. He felt like he wasn’t improving and needed guys on his level to train with on a regular basis.
Kampmann thinks Condit’s length and BJJ can pose some problems but is not worried.
Does not feel previously fighting at middleweight won’t help because Condit is a large welterweight as well.
Both fighters like to watch tape on their opponents.
Kampmann thinks hardest part of training is cardio. In his words, it “sucks”.
Condit thinks staying mentally focused throughout the whole training camp is the hardest part.
Condit thinks he has improved over his 8 month layoff and it hasn’t hindered him.
Condit thinks coming from a champ in the WEC to just another fighter in the UFC gives him less pressure.
Kampmann had other offers to fight sooner than this but his Mom came to visit and requested an April fight and was offered Condit.
Condit thinks if he beats Kampmann he will still be 3 or 4 wins from title contention.
Kampmann says only difference in drop to 170 is that when he fought at 185lbs he had to drink weight gainers and now at 170lbs he has to drink protein shakes. He still eats whatever he wants.
Michael Bisping is very excited about new action figures and the new video game.
Dan Henderson is also excited about the action figures and video game but thinks his kids are way more excited than himself. Says he isn’t into playing with his own action figure.
Henderson says he had a great time coaching and felt like he helped the fighters get better.
Both coaches said their teams were very tight and the country vs country format seemed to give everyone a sense of pride and help them bond.
Henderson thinks the UK fighters represented themselves well and it was a very competitive season.
Henderson says coaching the Ultimate fighter is not similar to his Olympic experiences.
Henderson has never coached internationally before the show.
Bisping is excited for the opportunity to fight a fighter of Henderson’s level but already considers himself a top ten fighter.
Henderson again states he is comfortable fighting at either LHW or MW. Wants to fight at whatever weight class offers the title shot.
Bisping says he wasn’t mad or upset at Leben for testing positive for steroids. Says if he lost the fight he may have been more vocal than he was.
Henderson says the championship is important but it is not everything. Every fight is important and his goal is to be the best.
Both coaches said they got along alright on the set and acted like professionals. Henderson said it was no “Ken and Tito”.
Bisping said he isn’t against returning to LHW some day and thinks he will be even better with the nutritional knowledge he has gained dropping to MW. But he is at MW for now.