Caption: Will there be blood?
When you have monikers like “Hitman” and “Natural Born Killer” meeting inside the octagon, it’s safe to assume the crowd won’t be booing.
Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit and Martin “Hitman” Kampmann have traveled down different roads in their respective MMA careers. On Apr. 1, those roads will converge, when Condit and Kampmann collide in the main event at Ultimate Fight Night 18, shown free on Spike TV.
Condit is considered by many the best welterweight in mixed martial arts who hasn't fought inside the octagon. The only man to challenge Condit for that title is Jake Shields, who recently signed on with rival promotion Strikeforce.
Condit will make his much anticipated UFC debut, after successfully defending his WEC welterweight title three times before the organization disbanded its 170-pound division. The move expedited Condit’s passport to the UFC, where most feel he already belonged.
Condit has been involved in mixed martial arts for more than seven years and compiled an impressive 23-4 record. Even more impressive, in those 23 victories, Condit kept his opponents from taking it to the judges' scorecards with 10 TKO and 13 submissions wins.
The first obstacle standing between Condit and a title shot is newly minted welterweight Martin Kampmann. This will be Kampmann's seventh fight inside the octagon, but only his second at 170 pounds.
Kampmann started his UFC career as a sinewy middleweight and in his sophomore performance out struck Thales Leites en route to a convincing decision victory. Martin went on to win his next two fights before running into a roadblock known as Nate “The Great” Marquardt.
Marquardt peppered Kampmann with punches for just over a minute before the Danish born fighter crumpled to the canvas floor. The loss prompted his move to welterweight, which he received encouragement for, from many of his teammates, including team leader Randy Couture.
Kampmann picked apart unknown Brazilian Alexandre Barros in his first fight at welterweight. Barros, who was making his UFC debut, was no match for Kampmann’s sophisticated striking assault, which facilitated a second round TKO victory.
With the win, Kampmann improved his overall record to 14-2, 6-1 with the UFC. Martin has been involved in one fight that went to the judges' scorecards, which was against Thales Leites.
It is safe to say that the fight on Apr. 1 is expected to be the biggest in both fighters’ careers.
The winner will secure a spot in the upper echelon of the division, with names like Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, and Josh Koscheck, and certify their claim as title shot worthy. The loser will land in the bottom half of the top 10 and guarantee a fight with one of the division’s up-and-comers.
One thing is for certain: The two have fought in a combined 41 MMA fights and just two of those brawls went the distance. That’s the kind of MMA math that adds up to a rousing conflict, one fight fans are sure to equate to.