Friday, April 03, 2009

Kampmann Spoils Condit’s UFC Debut

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Martin Kampmann played the role of spoiler to perfection.

The well-rounded Dane welcomed former World Extreme Cagefighting champion and world-ranked welterweight Carlos Condit into the Octagon in the UFC Fight Night 18 main event on Wednesday and slipped away with a split decision victory at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. Scores were 29-28 from all three judges, two of them siding with Kampmann.

Kampmann (15-2) almost ended the match quickly, as he locked up a guillotine choke in the first round. The submission savvy Condit, however, kept his lower body mobile and twisted free.

“It was deep,” Kampmann said. “I thought I had it, but Carlos is really tough.”

Condit (22-5) opened a cut below Kampmann’s left eye with a standing punch on the grounded Xtreme Couture welterweight late in the first round and followed up with a powerful knee against the cage. Kampmann kept coming, even under duress. Condit finished strong with a head kick and flying knee in the final 30 seconds and gained a foothold in the match.

The 24-year-old Condit threatened Kampmann with a rear-naked choke in round two, but whatever momentum he attained was soon lost. Kampmann scored with a takedown inside the first minute of the third round and kept Condit on his back and on the defensive for several minutes. A steady stream of ground-and-pound ensued, and Condit was all but shut out of the round until he cinched a guillotine choke of his own in the final seconds. Even so, Kampmann had left his stamp on the fight.

“That was a war,” Kampmann said after he snapped Condit’s eight-fight winning streak. “He’s a true warrior.”

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