Condit cuts down Kampmann in four
Josh Gross [ARCHIVE]
ESPN.com
August 29, 2013
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Four years after suffering a split-decision loss in his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann, perennial welterweight contender Carlos Condit earned a measure of revenge Wednesday evening thanks to a decisive fourth-round technical knockout.
The victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, at 0:54 of Round 4, marked the 27th time in 29 fights that Condit won by stoppage.
Similar to the first contest, Condit faced an opponent intent on wrestling him. Kampmann, 31, was successful early on as he planted Condit on the floor multiple times.
Kampmann never hurt Condit from top position, but any thought of a slow start for the Danish welterweight, a typical criticism of his performances, disappeared early.
Perhaps his effort was too taxing, because after the opening round, Kampmann (20-7) failed to execute any meaningful offense.
"Martin's a really well-rounded fighter," Condit said after the win.
"He can take the fight wherever he wants, so we saw he was going to try and make it a grappling match. We tried to avoid that, and I was able to pick him apart with strikes."
Condit mixed movement with striking and counter grappling, and by the close of Round 2, he had regained momentum. He slipped strikes well, countering as windows opened, and Kampmann soon took more than he gave. As action headed to the third, Kampmann's face wore signs of Condit's effectiveness.
The third period reflected Condit's work in Round 2, as he made a mess of Kampmann's face, particularly after a short elbow opened a vertical cut near Kampmann's right eyebrow. With each passing minute, Condit, who kept strategic but effectively aggressive pace, increased his power and pressure. At the end of Round 3, Condit attempted an impromptu standing choke that forced Kampmann to defend by rolling to the floor. Condit seized back control and nearly finished the bout with a chokehold.
Kampmann, now in desperation mode, moved forward at the start of the fourth period. Condit, however, stood his ground, planting and peppering Kampmann with power shots. A kick to the body followed by alternating hooks to the head sent Kampmann reeling. Condit moved forward and unleashed a hook to the body that made Kampmann's hands fall, and Condit closed in with knees before referee Herb Dean called the contest.
Condit (29-7) said he'd like a title shot but conceded there were many interesting opponents to be had right now in the welterweight division.
Dos Anjos outlasts Cerrone
Lightweight Rafael dos Anjos held on to earn an important win in his quest to fight the best at 155 pounds by scoring a unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone.
The victory marked dos Anjos's fifth straight inside the Octagon.
The 28-year-old Brazilian (20-6) set an early pace and landed punches that hurt "The Cowboy" in the opening frame. Dos Anjos landed his best strikes when he stepped in with a left hand to the body, followed by a right hook to the head. Cerrone went down, they scrambled and the former WEC star looked momentarily for a triangle choke. However, dos Anjos, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, maintained the proper space and distance, postured up, and found space to score points inside Cerrone's guard.
Dos Anjos kept it up in the second, even though Cerrone, 30, charged out of his corner looking to grapple. It worked, briefly, but dos Anjos returned to his feet and kept pace with his dangerous foe until about a minute to go. A late takedown sealed the round for dos Anjos, who remained keenly aware of Cerrone's submission ability.
Down two rounds to none, Cerrone (20-6) pressed the action in the third. Dos Anjos ceded ground; however, he never allowed himself to be in serious danger. The final five minutes went to Cerrone, although it wasn't nearly enough. Judges scoring from cage-side saw the contest 29-28 across the board for the Brazilian, who is now well positioned for a push up the 155-pound ladder.
Afterward, dos Anjos hinted at his desire for a shot at the title.
"This win over Cerrone is my fifth straight so I've taken a big step forward in my career," dos Anjos said. "Whenever the UFC thinks I'm ready for a title shot, I'd be honored to take it."
Gastelum mauls Melancon
Unbeaten TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum made the most of his welterweight debut, finishing late replacement Brian Melancon via rear-naked choke at 2:26 of the opening round.
The first 30 seconds saw little action, then Gastelum dropped for a successful double-leg takedown. Despite dwarfing Melancon (7-3) in the cage -- Gastelum weighed 194 pounds one day after stepping on the scale at 170 -- he could not keep the heavy puncher on the canvas.
This scenario repeated itself, and Gastelum decided that instead of takedowns, he'd attempt to punch the former Strikeforce fighter.
Gastelum, 21, stepped forward and unloaded consecutive left-right combinations. The second gave way to an uppercut that put Melancon, 31, on the floor.
"I knew he had heavy hands coming in," Gastelum said of his vanquished opponent. "I just wanted to get the finish, take advantage of him getting rocked. I took his back and secured the lock."
With both hooks in, Gastelum (7-0) sealed the finish as he tightened a strangulation around Melancon's neck. The tap quickly followed.
Moving to 170 pounds seemed to suit Gastelum, who looked to be in tremendous shape and maintained his speed despite the big weight cut.
Gastelum returned for the first time since defeating Uriah Hall by split decision in April to win the TUF 17 middleweight tournament.
McGee outhustles Whittaker
Sometimes pressure can be enough to win a fight, and in that respect, Court McGee swamped Robert Whittaker.
McGee implemented ample offense as well, swaying two judges (30-27, 29-28) into canceling out a 30-27 tally in favor of his young opponent after three well-contested rounds. ESPN.com agreed with the decision, seeing it 29-28 for the 28-year-old American.
"I feel good but I definitely feel like I was just in a fight," McGee said after the fight. "My beard looks phenomenal so I can't complain."
Fast and strong, Whittaker's left hand was his best weapon. Jabs and hooks hit their mark, but McGee kept up a heavy pace and repeatedly walked down Whittaker. The 22-year-old New Zealander, who lives and trains in Australia, attempted to keep distance between himself and McGee, although he consistently fell short in this department. He did, however, open a cut along the left side of McGee's head that prompted a steady stream of blood.
McGee looked to mix in moments of grappling in the first five minutes. However, Whittaker did well to avoid any prolonged exchanges. This remained true in Round 2 as McGee put together a variety of strikes from multiple angles. Again, Whittaker's lead left paid off, and he seemed to seize some momentum as action headed to the final frame.
McGee (16-3) was unrelenting. His...
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