Carlos Condit snapped his losing streak at UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis with a TKO win over Martin Kampmann. Condit came back after a rough first round, in which Kampmann was able to take him down at will. Condit showed off his guard, which is one of the best in MMA - inverting, attacking leg locks, threatening sweeps, and fighting his way back on to his feet.
Condit then employed some improved boxing as he slowly increased his punching offense to take over and then claim the fight. A solid showing for Condit, getting a win over an elite Welterweight and keeping his name in the title picture. And if there is nothing else to take away from this fight, it is elite fighters should fight five round fights, it makes for more decisive outcomes and can result in much better fights.
- Condit's takedown defense continues to be a hole, but for all but the very best positional grapplers he is a handful even on his back. Condit inverted, threatened leg locks, threatened the back, and was able to escape back to his feet in every case. And while it does cost Condit rounds, it also appears to take a greater toll on his opponent in terms of energy spent, as it was Kampmann that slowed down from the repeated battles for takedowns and control rather than Condit.
- Rafael dos Anjos got the biggest win of his career by taking it to Donald Cerrone for the first two rounds. The Brazilian went in looking for a fire fight, which is normally the kind of fight Cerrone thrives in, but dos Anjos was able to get Cerrone backing up and really went to work on him. Huge win for dos Anjos who now has his name in the title picture.
- That loss likely signals the end of Donald Cerrone as a UFC Lightweight title contender. Not saying he will be cut from the promotion, far from it - there are plenty of fights for him, but he will likely be just a gatekeeper and action fighter from here on out.
- Kelvin Gastelum showed some excellent killer instinct by hurting Brian Melancon with punches on the feet, and the moment Melancon hit the floor Gastelum took his back and sunk in a choke. Exciting win, and Gastelum keeps rolling after winning The Ultimate Fighter. While Melancon isn't a huge win, that is how a good fighter should treat a mid-tier fighter. I'm excited to see how Gastelum fares in his future fights.
- Court McGee took a closely-contested fight with Robert Whittaker. Both fighters landed a good deal of strikes, and the fight seemed to swing on the second round as Whittaker edged out the first and McGee seemed to clearly win the third. McGee's second wind in the later rounds is a positive sign for him as he has a record of getting very tired in fights.
- Takeya Mizugaki took an exciting split decision over Erik Perez in a fight that was fun to watch, but doesn't really do much for either fighter in terms of moving their career in any particular direction.
- Brad Tavares earned two rounds over Bubba McDaniel. It was a solid win for Tavares, but he has not developed the way many hoped he would coming off The Ultimate Fighter, and while he is a solid middleweight it seems unlikely he will develop into much beyond that.
- Dylan Andrews had a truly gutty performance against Papy Abedi. In the first round Abedi threw Andrews, who said he heard something "crack" in his shoulder at that point. Andrews fought the next two and half rounds with one arm and was able to stun Abedi, and then finish him, with short uppercuts. A great comeback by Andrews, who was clearly in pain as he left the cage.
- That loss is likely it for Abedi, who has become a rather big flop of a prospect. While still an impressive athlete at 35 years old and amazingly skilled in Judo, Abedi never added additional skill sets to supplement his excellent clinch grappling. He continues to throw one strike at a time on the feet and his ground grappling remains rudimentary at best. That was likely the last time we see him the Octagon.
- Brandon Thatch just blitzed Justin Edwards. The Grudge fighting product hurt Edwards early, catching him with a head kick mid level change and never let him off the hook. No UFC jitters for Thatch in his debut and it will be exciting to see how he does moving forward.
- Darren Elkins and Hatsu Hioki had a very fun, if a bit sloppy, fight. Elkins was highly aggressive but early on Hioki handled it very well and hurt Elkins to the body. In the second round Hioki took Elkins' back and worked a chain grappling attack which Elkins deftly defended. It was a razor-close fight at this point, but Hioki spent the entire third round on his back working for a triangle from guard. This was a huge tactical error on Hioki's part, but par for the course when you look at his career. Hioki gave away the third round of a close fight with poor tactics and paid the price when Elkins took three 29-28 scorecards.
- A pair of Kansas City fighters got nice submissions. Zak Cummings showed off a very slick wrestler's dump to D'arce choke on Ben Alloway. And Twitter star Jason High got a very nice arm-in guillotine choke to force James Head to tap. Excellent grappling from both.
- A ref flub started the night as Rob Hinds was picked up telling Abel Trujillo that he thought his knee strike to Roger Bowling's head was intentional and that he was taking away a point. Then when the doctor ruled Bowling unable to continue, Hinds turned around and said the knee wasn't intentional and ruled it fight a No Contest. Confusing to be sure as Hinds changed his tune with no warning.
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