UFC Fight Night 27: "Condit vs. Kampmann 2," which took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., is officially in the books after an entertaining Wednesday evening (Aug. 28, 2013) of mixed martial arts (MMA) action. Both the FOX Sports 1 and the "Prelims" delivered, as every fight had elements of excitement during the course of six hours of non-stop action.
See our full results and live play-by-play here.
Carlos Condit avenged his loss by stopping Martin Kampmann in the fourth round of their main event rematch, where Kampmann could not overcome Condit like he did in 2009 at UFC Fight Night 18. "The Natural Born Killer" swarmed the "Hitman" once he knew his opponent was hurt, possessing some of the most dangerous killer instinct skills in the sport today (watch highlights here).
Rafael dos Anjos scored a huge upset over Donald Cerrone, troubling "Cowboy" from the start of the fight right until the finish (watch highlights here). The Brazilian now moves to 9-4 in the UFC, with five straight victories.
Takeya Mizugaki and Erik Perez brought forth a slugfest that could have easily gotten "Fight of The Night," as the former WEC bantamweight title challenger edged "Goyito" on the main card, to the excitement of many fans in attendance and watching at home.
Before all the action unfolded inside the Octagon, there were promotional appearances to generate awareness for -- an interest in -- a trip back to Indianapolis for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Fighters said this and that, answering questions galore when all they really wanted to do is be left alone and not be bothered.
MMAmania.com does a pretty good job of passing along all the noteworthy pre- and post-fight comments for each event. But, as we've done before, let us take a look at the words that left the fighters' mouths before they stepped into the cage on Wednesday night.
"I'm in the best shape I've ever been, my skills are exactly where they need to be, I'm in a really good place mentally. Yeah, I would not want to fight me right now, that's for sure."
--Carlos Condit may have started off slower than expected, but he left no doubt in anyone's mind that he fully backed up every one of those words with his fourth-round technical knockout win over Martin Kampmann. Condit looked like the same old Condit we'd expect, only a better version of himself -- if that makes any sense. "The Natural Born Killer" truly is as well-rounded as they come in today's generation of fighters.
"He's mistaken if he thinks he's going to be able to avenge that loss. It's too bad he waited four years to kick my ass because he's going to be very disappointed when I kick his ass again."
--Martin Kampmann could not have been more wrong, but you cannot blame the guy, he is a fighter after all, who already had a victory over his opponent. Kampann looked good in the opening round, doing much of the same as he did four years ago and it looked like "The Hitman" could have been Condit's kryptonite. However, Condit sort of made Kampmann eat his words on that one.
"Nowadays, I have 20 screws and four titanium plates (in my jaw). Since then, I broke two hands with my chin: Gleison Tibau's and Anthony Njokuani's. It's my (13th) fight in the UFC and my first co-main-event sport. Now is my time. I'm going to win decisively. I want to fight for the belt. It's my dream, and it's why I moved to this country. I am uninjured for this fight, as opposed to the previous one where I had various setbacks. I know I'm coming out on top."
--That was Rafael Dos Anjos, who reiterated the notion that his jaw is now a weapon and although there is no indication that Donald Cerrone injured his hand, Dos Anjos clearly used his fists and his superior grappling as weapons against "Cowboy." Dos Anjos now finds himself with not only an iron jaw, but in impressive form as of late, being another lightweight contender to watch.
"When they drop that curtain and those lights are in your face and all the screaming people with their hands out and you're jogging down the runway getting greased up and getting in and Bruce Buffer's announcing your name and 'It's Time' and 'Here we go' and -- ding! -- you're ready, you're ready and you're live. All of a sudden, it's real, and it's there and it's crazy."
--Could this be an indication that sometimes the pressure gets to Donald Cerrone? Maybe his mind was on or off his recent boating incident, but these words hit too close to home for fellow competitors of all sports. Cerrone has now lost two of his last three and even if "Cowboy" usually bounces back, this is the harsh reality of fighting that nearly every man or woman in the UFC must face.
"I need to keep going, keep winning. If my body feels good, I'm fighting ‘til I'm 40 years old. My dream is a title. Five years more, I want to have won the title. I'm 23. (I'd be) 28? Yeah, I need a title. Five more years, I think I've (won) the title, still (defending) the title -- one mini Anderson Silva."
--Erik Perez may have been a little bold in his statement and this loss to Mizugaki sort of knocks him back a notch. Luckily for Perez, he is a young, hungry and exciting bantamweight who is poised to break out in no time. With that being said, he should tone it down with the Anderson Silva comparisons and his pre-fight talk would be a little more believable -- if not, taken a lot more seriously.
There ya' have it.
For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 27: "Condit vs. Kampmann 2", check out our results stream here.