Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 | 9:10 p.m.
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Fighters take losses harder than arguably any other set of athletes.
A single defeat eats away and nags at the loser for years to come no matter what he goes on to do in redemption. Ask any fighter in the UFC who they’d most like to fight outside of a champion and, more times than not, they’ll choose the someone who beat them.
The problem is, most never get a shot at a rematch. And, out of those who do, even fewer are able to correct their mistakes from the first time and exact revenge.
That’s why Carlos Condit might be the envy of UFC fighters everywhere after Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis. Peers might be living through Condit vicariously after he avenged a loss that happened four years ago in his UFC debut.
Condit battered local welterweight Martin Kampmann before finishing him with a TKO victory 54 seconds into the fourth round of their main event.
“Martin is a really well-rounded fighter,” Condit said immediately after the victory while still in the octagon. “He can take the fight wherever he wants. We saw he was going to come out and try to take me down, make it a grappling match. We tried to avoid that and I ended up being able to pick him apart with the strikes.”
Kampmann looked like he might be on his way to taking a second decision against Condit in as many fights early. He took down the former interim welterweight champion multiple times in the first round to gain control.
But Condit remained calm, got tips from his corner men in between rounds and let loose from there. He blasted Kampmann with combinations, kicks and submission attempts in the second round.
In the third, Condit bloodied Kampmann’s face. It was no surprise when Kampmann could no longer defend himself from eating repeated shots in the fourth round, forcing the referee to step in.
With that negative memory erased, there were only two people who Condit was possibly going to call out. They were the two fighters who handed him his other UFC losses, of course.
“I’d like to get that title shot back possibly at Johny Hendricks or Georges St. Pierre, whoever wins,” Condit said. “There are a lot more fights out there, so we’ll see what happens.”
Read below for full results from the rest of the UFC Fight Night 27 card.
Rafael dos Anjos snagged his fifth straight victory, picking up the biggest one yet in the process. Dos Anjos took the first two rounds against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone to earn an upset by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
The latest “Ultimate Fighter” looks like one worth paying attention to. Kelvin Gastelum cruised in his first fight at welterweight, choking out Brian Melancon at 2:26 of the first round.
Court McGee defeated Robert Whittaker by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30) in a middleweight bout. McGee overcame a rough first round to rock Whittaker with punches in both of the final two.
One prospect the UFC had pushed hard off of a three-fight win streak went down for the first time inside the octagon. Takeya Mizugaki escaped with a split-decision win (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) over Erik “El Goyito” Perez in a bantamweight bout.
Local middleweight Brad Tavares encountered some trouble late, but getting mounted by Bubba McDaniel wasn’t enough to keep him from victory. Tavares beat McDaniel by unanimous decision — winning the first two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards — to win his fourth in a row.
Dylan Andrews didn’t let losing the first two rounds against Papy Abedi get to him. Andrews came back to knock out Abedi at 1:32 of the third round in their middleweight bout with three straight uppercuts.
Brandon Thatch lived up to his billing as a top-flight welterweight prospect. In his UFC debut, Thatch knocked out Justin Edwards at 1:23 of the first round. The Grudge Training Center product is now 10-1 with 10 first-round finishes.
Featherweight Darren Elkins got back in track in a big way after losing his first fight in two years his last time out. Elkins won a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Hatsu Hioki.
Jason High submitted James Head with a guillotine choke at 1:41 of the first round in their welterweight bout. High nabbed his first UFC victory, while Head suffered the first two-fight losing streak of his career.
In his first official bout since March 2012, Zak Cummings submitted Ben Alloway with a d’arce choke at 4:19 of the first round. “The Ultimate Fighter” 17 veteran was dominant in his welterweight debut.
The first fight, a lightweight bout, ended in a no contest when Abel Trujillo struck Roger Bowling with an illegal knee three seconds before the end of the second round. Trujillo hit and knocked out a grounded Bowling, who had won the first round with a late submission attempt.