Apparently, Condit took it easy in the final round of his first fight with Kampmann because he believed he had won the first two rounds and had the victory all but in the bag.
Condit's nonchalant approach in Round 3 cost him a victory in his UFC debut and snapped his eight-fight winning streak. In an episode of The MMA Hour this week, the Albuquerque native elaborated on the lessons he learned in his first bout with Kampmann.
In the first fight, going into that third round I felt like I had won the first two and that I could just cruise through the last round and get the decision, and that was a really hard lesson to learn. I lost my UFC debut [and] Martin put an end to my win streak, so that was definitely something that I've learned from. So anyway, that fight’s behind us, and I’m really, really looking forward to next Wednesday.
Condit secured three of four takedown attempts and landed 35 significant strikes to Kampmann's 26. The Natural Born Killer also passed Kampmann's guard four times and attempted three submissions.
However, Kampmann scored on each of his five shots and tried six submissions. The Hitman also passed Condit's guard three times and hit a pair of reversals.
Granted, Kampmann walked away with a split decision, but the win could have easily went to Condit, a point the former interim champ drove home on The MMA Hour by saying, "I definitely did more damage, and yeah, I won the fight, but I could see it was very, very close."