UFC 154: Fighters Who Will Bounce Back from Disappointing Losses

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Carlos Condit (left) attempts to grab onto the leg of Georges St-Pierre (right) during \fourth round acionr in their Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

UFC 154 is in the books and we saw Georges St-Pierre retain his championship and a new contender in Johny Hendricks emerge. However, there were a slew of fighters that didn't have such a great night.

In every card there are winners and losers, that's just the nature of the sport. Whether a loss turns into a horrible losing streak or becomes a learning experience that leads to a run of wins is entirely up to the fighter.

Looking across the results of UFC 154's card from Montreal, these are the losers that we should expect to see bounce right back in their next outings.


Carlos Condit

The "Natural Born Killer" came up short in his long-awaited title shot.

Georges St-Pierre was as sharp as ever in his first title defense in more than 18 months following recovering knee reconstruction (ACL tear). GSP was able to consistently take down Condit and do serious damage on the ground as he took a unanimous decision victory.

Although Condit lost, he did have some bright spots throughout the fight. He landed a left kick square on GSP's jaw and had him rocked like few people have ever rocked GSP.

There's no shame in losing to St-Pierre. Reconstructed knee or not, he's a true legend of the sport and Condit isn't any less of a fighter for coming up short.

A rematch against Nick Diaz may be on the horizon. Regardless of opponent, Condit should have no issues bouncing back from this loss.


Martin Kampmann

We didn't really get a chance to see what Kampmann can do at UFC 154. Mostly, we just learned that Johny Hendricks has power in spades.

Kampmann may have been knocked out in 46 seconds, but he's not the only one to bow out due to Hendricks' power—Jon Fitch had his lights turned out by Hendricks in 12 seconds.

Fitch was just fine after losing to Hendricks and Kampmann has the ability to make a similar rebound.

Hendricks is a man possessed right now and has made a clear case to be the No. 1 contender in the weight class. Don't expect "The Hitman" to be out of the picture for very long.


Rodrigo Damm

After a successful run in The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and a win in his official UFC debut against Anistavio Medeiros, Damm figured to be a rising name in the featherweight division.

However, after a split decision loss to Antonio Carvahlo, Damm might need to go back to the drawing board.

The jiu-jitsu ace was unable to bring the fight to the mat often enough and was consistently battered by leg kicks from Carvahlo throughout all three rounds. As bad as the loss looks for Damm, he should be able to bounce back.

Despite playing to Carvahlo's strengths for most of the fight, Damm still wound up as the winner on one of the judges scorecards.

If Damm can learn from the loss and work on getting the fight to the ground, he should be able to shake off this loss.