The UFC returned to Indianapolis last night, bringing us the first mid-week fight card in some time. The main event rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann lived up to all expectations, as the two went to war for four rounds before Condit was able to earn the finish. All around, it was another successful showing for the promotion.
Fights of the Night
Submission of the Night: Kelvin Gastellum
Gastellum made his welterweight debut following his impressive run through “The Ultimate Fighter,” and he looked phenomenal at his new weight. His opponent, Brian Melancon, was coming off a sizzling one punch knockout victory over Seth Baczynski, but Gastellum was not afraid to stand and strike. He connected with a thundering left uppercut against the cage that dropped Melancon, and rather than gassing himself out with punches he showed a tremendous amount of composure. Gastellum hopped onto his opponents back, sunk in his hooks, and quickly forced a tap with a textbook rear naked choke. At just 21-years old, Kelvin has staked his claim as an exciting young talent in the welterweight division.
Knockout of the Night: Brandon Thatch
Thatch carried a lot of hype into his UFC debut, with all nine of his career victories coming by way of first round stoppage. He didn’t disappoint, putting on a stunning display of striking and clinch work to put Justin Edwards away in under 90-seconds. He moves his career record to 10-1, and at 25-years old the sky is the limit for him. He showed that his stand up game is clearly at the level of his fellow UFC fighters, and could prove dangerous to anyone in the welterweight division. It would be interesting to see him face off against his fellow bonus winner and recent addition to the welterweight roster, Kelvin Gastellum. The only real question mark with be Thatch’s takedown defense, and I hope to see him ply his trade against a solid wrestler in his next outing.
Fight of the Night: Carlos Condit v. Martin Kampmann
It’s always nice to see the main event live up to expectations, and Condit and Kampmann did just that. Kampmann survived many as he sought several takedowns to start the first round. This strategy may very well have been his undoing, as Condit as able to capitalize on his opponent’s slower pace as the fight went on. Both men landed plenty of hard shots and scrambled for position, continuing the battle they started in 2009. This time, Condit did not leave his fate in the hands of the judges. He gained momentum through the later rounds, and earned himself the finish with a vicious flurry of strikes against the cage at the beginning of the fourth. A great showing puts Condit back in the win column, and keeps his name in the top-3 of the division.
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Fight,Winner, Round, Result
Condit v. Kampmann,Condit, 4, TKO
Cerrone v. Dos Anjos,Dos Anjos, 3, UD
Gastellum v. Melancon,Gastellum, 1, SUB
Whittaker v. McGee,McGee, 3, SD
Mizugaki v. Perez,Mizugaki, 3, SD
Tavares v. McDaniel,Tavares, 3, UD
Andrews v. Abedi,Andrews, 3, KO
Thatch v. Edwards,Thatch, 1, TKO
Elkins v. Hioki,Elkins, 3, UD
High v. Head,High, 1, SUB
Cummings v. Alloway,Cummings, 1, SUB
Trujillo v. Bowling,No Contest, NC, NC
Check out our event blog from last night for full play-by-play and results.