Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 results recap: Martin Kampmann vs Carlos Condit is the next fight to be booked

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In the first round of his main event bout last night (June 1) during The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, Martin Kampmann looked to be on his way to being knocked out.

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.

In defeating the Omaha wrestler, Kampmann defeated who SBNation ranks as the third best welterweight in the world behind titleholders Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit.

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.

"The Hitman" should challenge for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight interim title.

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.

Nearly half a million people saw "The Natural Born Killer" defeat Nick Diaz over five rounds at UFC 143 back on February 4 of this year. Kampmann has been a UFC mainstay for over half a decade now.

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.

Nate Diaz -- like Kampmann -- has some recognition among casual fans but Jim Miller -- like Hendricks -- is virtually unknown to anyone not utterly obsessed with the sport.

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.

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