According to an Aug. 27 post from Yahoo! Sports, UFC President Dana White thinks Carlos Condit is still in a great spot in the UFC's stacked welterweight division, despite the fact that he has suffered two defeats in a row.
"He's in a great spot," White told Yahoo! Sports, just days before Condit was set to fight Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC Fight Night 27. "A lot of people thought he won that fight with Hendricks. There were some who felt Hendricks won it, but there were a lot of people who thought [Condit] won it. He's the No. 2 ranked guy in the world. That's a great position to be in. Other than being the champion, or being No. 1, he's in a damn good spot, though. Condit is the man."
White makes a great point, as Condit's two most recent losses were close enough that they could have gone either way.
"One of the reasons that I like this so much is because of what the outcome means," White said. "Both of them have a ton to lose. It would be devastating for Condit to lose this fight. And it would mean everything in the world for Kampmann to win it. Those are the kinds of fights as a fan you get jacked up to see, when the stakes are so high for both guys."
Condit has never been finished in his UFC career, and his recent loss to Johny Hendricks could have easily been decided in his favor.
With that said, it's easy to see why White thinks so highly of the 28-year-old.
As for his UFC Fight Night 27 opponent, the stakes are high. Martin Kampmann plans on starting strong and earning a finish, to make sure it doesn't go to the judge's scorecards.
"The mental part of the game is something I've relied upon, but it's definitely been something that's been a problem of mine," said Kampmann, who has been plagued throughout his UFC career by slow starts. "It's something I've worked a lot on and I think I've got it going in the right direction. I feel like I have a lot left to show. The UFC hasn't seen the best of me. Far from it.
"I'm not sure what that is. I used to fight more tenacious when it was just a hobby. When it's my livelihood, maybe I've gotten a little more cautious and fight with less of a killer instinct, except when I'm hurt."
Kampmann fights Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night 27, live on Aug. 28 on Fox Sports 1.