When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts, unfortunately, finding a card without a questionable instance of scoring is far rarer than one featuring some sort of flub from the judges. As such, even though UFC welterweight Carlos Condit appeared to have things in control at the end of the third round in his clash with Martin Kampmann, his victory would have been anything but a lock had the match-up not been a five-round main event.
“The championship rounds, the extra two rounds, gave me the opportunity (to finish). I mean who knows…had it gone to a judges’ decision after the third round, you never know. Crazy stuff happens,” confessed Condit in an interview with MMAFighting after UFC Fight Night 27. “I’m grateful I had the fourth round, possibly in the fifth round, to finish him had I not.”
Condit ultimately put Kampmann away after hurting him with a body blow and sending him to the canvas with a knee strike. The result put “The Natural Born Killer” back on the winning track after two losses and got him thinking about a previous opponent who, like Kampmann, he lost a hard-fought decision to in a past pairing.
“Johny Hendricks,” responded Condit when asked who his sights were set on after considering some other possibilities. “That one was close. Had it gone to a fourth I think things may have been different. So that’s one that I would like, but I’d welcome any of those fights.”
“I’ve fought pretty much every guy in the Top 5 of the division, so there’s a lot of intriguing rematches out there,” he added. “Possibly Georges St-Pierre, possibly Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald obviously, Nick Diaz…I don’t know what he’s up to…but you never know, there are good fights. No matter what it is, it’s exciting.”
The TKO of Kampmann was Condit’s 27th career stoppage, improving his overall record to 29-7 including a 6-3 mark in the Octagon.