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Condit's revenge cannot taste any more sweeter, as he finished Martin Kampmann in the fourth round of their main event fight -- erasing the memory of his promotional debut loss to "Hitman." Condit stopped Kampmann with an abundance of shots as he swarmed him -- including knees to the head and devastating punches -- forcing referee Herb Dean to call a stop to the fight once Kampmann hit the floor (watch highlights here).
"The Natural Born Killer" now finds himself in a peculiar position, not short of options.
Condit is such a well-rounded fighter that his consistency at such a high level in the division is unmatched right now. He patiently waits for the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 and since his revenge is a hot topic for Condit right now, those are the two men whom he suffered his last two defeats to.
If "The Natural Born Killer" does not get an immediate title shot, which is understandable since he may have some additional things to work on, there are a couple of bouts that he could consider taking before he tries to avenge his loss against either "Rush" or "Bigg Rigg."
Matt Brown has been on an impressive six-fight winning streak and he could be another competitor who stands in Condit's way at the moment. This could be the best suitable option. Although some feel that Brown has done enough to get a title shot -- while others feel that is a ridiculous and unrealistic statement (especially with opinions of our readers last week in our UFC Fight Night 26: Matches to Make installment) -- he is a top contender at the moment solely based on his recent run, which consists of four-straight knockout and technical knockout victories.
Perhaps Brown's eagerness to fight the champion and the way he finished Mike Pyle may have gotten the best of individuals who felt he had done enough to deserve the title fight. A perfect way to see if Brown can indeed compete with the division's elite is to have him face literally the best fighter apart from GSP and Hendricks -- and that's "The Natural Born Killer."
If some believe Brown has not beat an official or unofficial top 10 opponent yet in his UFC tenure, now is his chance.
Condit and Brown could trade blows to determine who the real number one contender is; however, other challenges are always going to present themselves for "The Natural Born Killer."
Condit faced Nick Diaz for the UFC interim welterweight championship last year at UFC 143 and faced some criticism for his stick-and-move gameplan, brought forth by the master of gameplans himself, trainer Greg Jackson. Although many awarded that fight to Diaz, it was a close one that could be contested again. Condit could prove that his win over Diaz was in fact decisive and also provide fans with another great match-up between the two.
With that being said, Diaz has flirted with the possibility of taking another fight sometime soon. On the other hand, he has been in and out of retirement, too, so who knows where the Stockton native stands right now in his fighting career.
The winner of Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 167 will emerge as another title contender and Condit would want nothing more than another victory over a top welterweight opponent, if he in fact has to get back into the title picture by beating one of those men.
MacDonald was lashing out a beating on Condit for two straight rounds at UFC 115 in 2010 until Condit proved to be too much for "Ares," as his relentlessness and determination outlasted the Canadian, with Condit getting a third-round finish over the young prospect. MacDonald recently called out Condit again for a rematch and the fight was in place, although "Ares" had to bow out due to injury, with Hendricks stepping in his place at UFC 158.
Condit has also stated that he is more than eager to take that fight again.
If Lawler should win in November, he too would be a dangerous opponent for Condit, with his one-punch knockout power and seasoned skillset being threats to anyone who decides to step foot inside the cage with the "Ruthless" one.
Right now, Condit will most definitely take anything that comes his way. He has reiterated at the post-fight press conference (watch replay video here) that Hendricks would be the fight he wants more at this point because he thought he had "Big Rigg" in trouble had the fight gone another two rounds. On the other hand, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native would not complain if he got a St. Pierre rematch in his next bout, either.
There is always the possibility that Condit would want to welcome fresh new challenges to prove that no matter who steps in his way, he is still the best fighter in the division right now apart from the current champion and his challenger.
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