The UFC returned to Indianapolis for UFC Fight Night 27, and for the most part, the card delivered some solid weekday fight fun.
Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann faced one another for the first time since Kampmann took a controversial split-decision win in 2009 in the evening's main event. This time it was Condit who picked up the win in decisive fashion as he finished Kampmann in the fourth round via TKO.
In the night's co-main event, Rafael dos Anjos cemented his place as a lightweight title contender by taking out a very dangerous Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Dos Anjos looked good early, but Cerrone turned up the offense late to make a surge toward victory. Ultimately it would be the Brazilian who won the fight.
With every event, there were some serious cash payouts up for grabs, but surprisingly, only one fight from the main card took home a post-fight bonus. Read on to find out which lucky fighters took home an extra $50,000.
Zak Cummings nearly found himself on the wrong side of a tapout as Ben Alloway briefly looked to secure a guillotine choke. Cummings freed himself and latched on a D'Arce choke to take the tapout at 41 seconds in the very first round.
The win was Cummings' third in a row, and the former Ultimate Fighter will surely enjoy the extra payday. Looking at Cummings' record, it's clear he's a decent fighter, as he's faced a number of top guys and was only finished once, a submission loss to former Strikeforce middleweight title contender Tim Kennedy.
Brandon Thatch was an interesting prospect coming into UFC Fight Night 27. He validated that claim with an impressive first-round stoppage over Justin Edwards.
Both men came out throwing at one another in the opening seconds, but it would be Thatch who landed the most serious blow, a kick to Edwards' face.
Edwards did his best to recover, but Thatch was having none of it as he kept the pressure on. Thatch landed another knee that sent Edwards crumpling to the mat, and the referee quickly stepped in to stop the fight.
Not a bad debut for the Grudge Training Center product.
Martin Kampmann came out and established his wrestling almost as soon as the bell rang against Carlos Condit. "The Hitman" landed a number of takedowns in the first round, but it was Condit who threatened with submissions from the bottom and stifled any chances of Kampmann getting his offense going.
After the first round, it would be all Condit.
Kampmann was clearly fatigued following his wrestling-heavy game plan in the first round, and his normally crisp striking failed to make an appearance. It would be Condit who displayed his trademark striking prowess as he landed strike after strike against the Dane.
He toughed it out for the final three rounds, but in the end, Kampmann was simply overmatched at UFC Fight Night 27. Condit got a bounce-back victory to validate his place among the top five in the welterweight division while Kampmann has likely seen his chances at a UFC title fade away with back-to-back losses against top competition.