4 Things to Watch Out For Condit vs. Kampmann II
Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann will rematch in a fight, which will thrust the winner back to the top of the WW contender pile. The Fight Night is the perfect lead in to the UFC’s big PPV offering on Saturday with Henderson vs Pettis II for the lightweight belt. Let’s take a quick look at what you should keep your eyes out for this Wednesday.
Main Event For A Reason
Kampmann and Condit win, lose or draw tend to deliver exciting fights, KO’s, submissions and thrilling decisions are standard when they step in the Octagon.
Both fighters lost their last fights to surging Johny Hendricks, Kampmann was knocked out cold in 46 seconds whereas Condit lasted the full 15 minutes. So a win is an absolute must to get back to title contention quickly. They both have technical striking, and Kampmann’s often porous defence should give plenty of opportunity for Condit to test his chin, but as Jake Ellenberger and Thiago Alves both found out, “The Hitman” can pull KO’s and submissions out of the bag at any moment!
The UFC has found their Irish breakout star in Conor McGregor, and seem to be putting a lot of stock into Erik Perez being a big deal at some point. The Mexican fighter has gone 3-0 and trains out of possibly the best gym on the planet at Jackson’s MMA. He gets his stiffest test against grizzled veteran Takeya Mizugakai. “Goyito” is a big betting favourite but Mizugakai in 11 fights under the Zuffa banner has been finished once (by Urijah Faber ) and all his losses have come against top 10 fighters, everyone else has fallen to his relentless pressure and stifling clinch game. His grinding style will be a tough test for the young Mexican fighter.
Rising from the Ashes
Australian sports fans have not had a lot of fun watching their teams cricket performance over the summer. On Wednesday 3 Aussies look to give them something to cheer about. Dylan Andrews and Ben Alloway fight on the Facebook and Prelim cards respectively and TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker takes on TUF Season 11 winner Court McGee, Whittaker an aggressive striker will look to stay on the feet and avoid the grinding style of McGee who likes to get the take down and work from top position.
The UFC has invested time and money into Australia so it will be interesting to see if any of the home-grown talent can start to deliver.
Talking Of TUF Winners
Kelvin Gastelum did everyone a favour and fully derailed Uriah Hall’s hype train, now at WW it will be interesting to see how he fares at his new weight, as a powerful wrestle boxer will he decide to go for the takedown or trade bombs on the feet? As Seth Baczynski found out Brian Mel ancon has very heavy hands. This fight should have some big power shots on the feet and thunderous ground and pound whoever dictates where the fight takes place may very well win the bout.
By Chris Owens