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Jake Ellenberger was landing heavy leather and the Dane seemed to be seconds away from losing the fight and losing his chance to fight for the welterweight title.
He withstood the onslaught and survived, however. And came back in the second round to give Ellenberger a taste of his own medicine.
With "Rush" on the shelf until later this year, Condit has been content to sit on the sidelines and await the eventual title unification bout.
But that shouldn't be the case.
And he should do it soon.
With the UFC putting on more shows than ever before, they are desperate for high profile fights.
If their ratings for UFC on Fox 3 -- drastically down from the previous event on the broadcast network -- are any indication, fans won't tune in or shell out cash for fighters without a ton of name recognition or without something tangible on the line.
A title bout between Condit and Kampmann provides both of those things.
And it certainly doesn't hurt both are exciting fighters with a penchant for rattling off a Fight of the Night performance.
Throw the title into the mix and the UFC has itself a bonafide main event.
I know Johny Hendricks is still hanging around and he probably deserves a title shot as much as Kampmann does. I know there's been a suggestion these two meet in a title eliminator to decide to gets the first crack.
While a bout between "The Hitman" and "Bigg Rigg" makes my mixed martial arts (MMA) heart skip a beat, it doesn't make sense for the UFC.
If they booked the fight to headline a future Fox card, Dana White and company can expect similar ratings to their most recent venture on the network.
Great fight? Absolutely. Smart fight? No way.
After Kampmann's bloody and thrilling performance last night, the man deserves to step inside the Octagon next time with 12 pounds of gold on the line.
Condit should defend his interim title lest the entire thing become pointless. If he simply waits out for St. Pierre, what was the point of crowning an interim champion to begin with?
Kampmann needs it, Condit needs it and the UFC most certainly needs it.
Book the fight.