At UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, Carlos Condit (28-7 MMA; 5-3 UFC) takes on Martin Kampmann (20-6 MMA; 11-5 UFC) in a big rematch. That fight caps off a 6 fight main card live on Fox Sports 1. Bloody Elbow has details on all of those main card fights leading up to Condit vs. Kampmann right here in our primer series. Be sure to check back later today for full event coverage, including the Condit vs. Kampmann primer.
UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 airs live on Fox Sports 1 this Wednesday, September 28 with the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
This is a quality Lightweight fight between two near contenders. Cowboy Cerrone has had good runs in both the WEC and now the UFC, including some incredible fights and big wins over Melvin Guillard, Dennis Siver, and Jamie Varner. He was close to contention two years ago, but was defeated by Nate Diaz, and is 2-1 since and coming off a decision win over KJ Noons. Rafael dos Anjos has been a staple of the UFC Lightweight division since 2008. Until recently, he was a solid middle of the road guy, but as of late, he's looked really improved. He's now on a 4 fight win streak, his longest win streak inside the Octagon, and coming off a defeat of Evan Dunham in May. I'm not sure he can make it all the way up to title contention, but he's made it closer than I thought he would.
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This was originally Gastelum vs. Paulo Thiago, but, well, injuries. Gastelum was the winner of the most recent season of TUF, defeating Uriah Hall in a massive upset in the finals to derail Hall's hype-train. At only 21 years old and with less than 3 years pro experience, Gastelum remains pretty green, but he showed that he is a fast learner, and has added a more well-rounded game to his solid wrestling skills. Melancon comes to the UFC via Strikeforce where he went 1-1. He defeated Seth Baczynski in his UFC debut in July, impressively KOing Baczynski in 1 round. He'll look to play spoiler to the spoiler tonight.
McGee is another TUF champion, having claimed the crown in season 11. A grueling, grinding fighter known for his cardio, McGee started at Middleweight and had a nice 14-1 record before dropping back to back fights to Nick Ring and Costa Phillippou. After that, he dropped down to 170, making a successful Welterweight debut against Josh Neer in February. Whittaker, like McGee, is a TUF winner, though he was on the little seen The Smashes season. Since winning the TUF Welterweight tournament, Whittaker has scored a UFC win over yet another TUF winner, Colton Smith. I'd love to see the winner here face Gastelum next for "recent TUF Welterweight champions" grand champion bragging rights.
Mizugaki made an immediate name for himself in the Bantamweight division with his surprisingly close battle with then champion Miguel Torres back in WEC. In the four years since that fight, Mizugaki has shown himself to be a tough fighter and a great gatekeeper at 135. Beat him and you are on your way up. His last fight was a split decision win over Bryan Caraway, giving him his first ever 2 fight win streak under the Zuffa banner. He's in a good position to make it 3 tonight. Perez is a product of the Greg Jackson team, and is currently 3-0 inside the Octagon and riding an impressive 8 fight win streak. He's won off of his UFC fights by first round stoppage - if he can score that same result against the notoriously tough Mizugaki, it will be impressive indeed.
Another battle of TUF alum here with season 11's Tavares vs. season 15's McDaniel. Tavares came to the UFC just 5-0, but has had a very impressive run with the company, scoring some big wins and notching his only loss against the very talented Aaron Simpson. Since that loss, he's defeated Dongi Yang, Tom Watson, and Riki Fukuda - a solid line-up of wins. Bubba McDaniel (or Robert if you insist on being formal), is a training partner of Jon Jones, and was a part of Team Jones on TUF. There was a lot of talk about Bubba as a big threat, but it never materialized on the show as his nerves seemed to get the best of him. He made his proper UFC debut at the TUF Finale, subbing Gilbert Smith. He has his work cut out for him here.
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