UFC welterweight Carlos Condit has been in the fight game long enough to know it’s a business built on recent results rather than past accomplishments. As such, he understands his job is not necessarily safe entering an August 28 match-up with Martin Kampmann even though he’s less than a year removed from a competitive clash with champion Georges St-Pierre.
“This is kind of a ‘do or die’ fight for both of us. I’m coming off two losses in a row. He’s coming off a loss. This is a crazy sport and a crazy business. You never know when you are going to get that pink slip,” confessed Condit in a conversation with Bleacher Report, adding, “We are both highly motivated to go in there and get the win.”
Other than needing a victory to avoid the always-dangerous three-fight skid, Condit is also driven by the possibility of evening the score with Kampmann after suffering a Split Decision defeat to “The Hitman” from 2009.
“I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to avenge that loss. It was a really close fight. I had some opportunities in that fight to end it and I didn’t. That night Martin was a better man and he won the fight. What’s exciting about this match-up is he’s improved so much as a fighter since then as have I. We are both hungry,” explained Condit, also making it clear there’s no personal score to settle simply because he came up short in their first fight. “I have a lot of respect for him – and I know everybody says that – but Martin Kampmann is a guy I genuinely respect. I really do. He’s worked his ass off to come to the States and follow his dream. He’s trying to achieve his goals and so am I. That makes for a dangerous combination and an exciting formula to make a great fight for the fans.”
The upcoming scrap will serve as the headliner at UFC on FS 2. Condit holds an overall record of 28-7 with 26 stoppages and past wins over Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger, and Nick Diaz. Comparably is 20-6 with fifteen finishes including a near-even split between TKOs/submissions.
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