Both fighters are being treated unfairly by the nastier/more political elements of the community. So here's my two cents:
He looked fine in the first round, unless you're really that impressed by Thiago's lay and pray. Struggled for the remaining rounds and then pulled out a smart victory at the end--something we've congratulated many fighters for (from Tim Boetsch, to Carlos Condit, to Anderson Silva). Truth be told, he's looked really good since getting blasted by Daley, his only losses since being among the most controversial in recent memory. So good for him, right? Right.
People are talking MMA politics about a rematch with Condit. Let's be real here. Their first matchup was one of the most exciting and underrated bouts in the history of the sport (if you doubt me, look it up), not to mention Condit's only UFC loss. Why not do it?
I'm seeing a lot of people write off his future, saying he needs to reevaluate himself, and that he's no longer a serious contender, etc. This is bullshit. He looked fantastic against Kampmann. This was probably his best performance in a long time, and against tougher competition than he's fought in a while. The takedown was a mistake, but he obviously felt he had Kampmann rocked hard and wanted to go in for a G 'n' P finish. It didn't work out, but fucking go easy on the guy after putting forward such an awesome performance. He's young, he'll bounce back.