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Carlos Condit still rightfully has stability in the UFC's welterweight division, even after back-to-back losses to the division's top two fighters in Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.
A second loss to Martin Kampmann in their rematch, however, would have pundits whispering of Condit's descent into mediocrity.
Only one other instance in his career, in 2006, had Condit dropped two straight fights. That year, The Natural Born Killer suffered successive losses to Jake Shields and Pat Healy.
Condit bounced back from that skid nicely, winning 13 of his next 14 bouts, including five of six in the UFC. The only man to best Condit in that span was Kampmann, who handed him a controversial split decision loss in his promotional debut in 2009.
The 29-year-old Condit simply cannot afford another decision loss, even if it's a contentious one to another one of the division's stalwarts.
In the same vein, a convincing win over the ever-game Kampmann instantly catapults Condit back into the 170-pound title scope.