Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit evened the score, knocking out Martin (Hitman) Kampmann in the main event of UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
It was clear from the outset Kampmann looked to duplicate the game plan that won him a split decision over Condit four years ago, immediately wrestling the former interim welterweight champ to the mat in the opening frame.
Condit, however, began to find his range in the second round, cracking the Danish kickboxer with slick combinations and defending against takedown attempts. With the momentum firmly in his corner, Condit bloodied Kampmann with punches and elbows in the third.
Early in the fourth, Condit staggered Kampmann with a punch to the liver. He then unloaded a torrent of strikes, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in, awarding Condit a TKO victory.
“Martin's a really well-rounded fighter and he can take the fight wherever he wants,” Condit said. “We saw that he was going to come out and try to take me down, make it a grappling match. We tried to avoid that and I ended up picking him apart with the strikes.”