The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Indiana on Wednesday to give fight fans their second helping of mixed martial arts on the Fox Sports network with UFC Fight Night 27. This show featured a main event bout that was long in the making as Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann met to rematch their 2009 contest that saw “The Hitman” come out on top. With a number of exciting bouts, this event delivered for fight fans across the board.
Carlos Condit looked determined to get revenge for his lose to Martin Kampmann four years ago and he did so in a very stunning fashion.
Kampmann came out quickly in the first round and secured a takedown to control Condit against the cage. From that point forward, Martin looked to use his grappling to control the fight and grind his way towards scoring.
But in the second round Condit would assert himself with his striking and turn the momentum of the fight. Combinations were key as Condit would land in mass in every exchange. As minutes passed it was clear that Condit's conditioning was key while Kampmann would begin to slow down.
The finish would come in the fourth round as a bloody “Hitman” would make one last ditch takedown effort just to see his opponent scramble back to his feet. In the following exchange Condit would hurt Martin with a couple of body shots and lock in a Thai clinch followed with knees. Kampmann ate two knees before falling against the cage forcing Herb Dean to call a stoppage at 54 seconds of round four.
Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos were featured in the co-main event of the evening and the Brazilian fighter did what he needed to continue his push up the lightweight rankings as he earned the unanimous decision victory.
Dos Anjos was able to control the fight from the very beginning as he dropped Cerrone in the first round but the “Cowboy” quickly recovered. From that point on Rafael landed body blows and crisp striking while mixing in takedowns for the first and second round. Cerrone was able to score with a takedown of his own in the third and showed his best offense of the fight. Yet, the fight ended with Dos Anjos being chased down by an attacking Cerrone.
The judges scored the fight 29-28 across all three cards for Rafael Dos Anjos.
Kelvin Gastelum needed a little less than three minutes to finish off Brian Melancon to stay undefeated.
A combination that was finished off with a vicious uppercut dropped Melancon and allowed Kelvin to hop on his opponent's back. He locked in a rear naked choke to finish off the fight and have a very successful debut at 170 pounds.
Court McGee and Robert Whittaker both know the feeling of hoisting up an Ultimate Fighter trophy, so this was a fight to showcase which competitor was the better of the two season winners. McGee may have walked away a bloody mess but he was able to pull out the split decision victory in the end.
McGee tried to use pressure throughout the bout and stayed in the face of his opponent from start to finish. However, Whittaker used his solid takedown defense to keep the fight on the feet and score with his technical striking. McGee was very active on the feet but whenever he would open up Robert's head movement and counter punching kept the wrestler at bay.
McGee dropped Robert momentarily in the second round; forcing his opponent to back away and recover. McGee would continue the pressure and nearly take the back but the round would end with the two fighters exchanging blows back and forth.
The third round was about volume as both fighters would engage in exchanges. Whittaker would land multiple elbows to the top of Court's head but his gas tank looked to be quite low in the waning moments of the fight. McGee was able to pick up the pace at the end to end the round with a volley of shots.
The judges had dueling 30-27 cards for both fighters while the final scored it 29-28 to give the victory to Court McGee.
Takeya Mizugaki was the underdog coming into his fight with Erik Perez but the Japanese standout used his experience and well-rounded skills to take a split decision victory over the Mexican fighter.
Perez started out strong in the first round as he was able to score with a varied striking attack. Yet, as the fight went on Mizugaki began to force his will with counter striking. Countering Perez's front kick allowed him to score multiple times with his right hand and forced his opponent to become slightly apprehensive.
Perez was in a very dangerous position in the third round when Takeya was able to get his back and lock in a rear naked choke that nearly brought the fight to a finish. Perez was able to reverse and end up on top, but he was unable to find a position to secure an end to the fight.
Mizugaki earned the decision via the scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29.
Brad Tavares and Bubba McDaniel opened the night with a middleweight scrap that saw Tavares come into the fight the largest betting favorite of the night. During the first two rounds Tavares looked like he fit that position well as he was able to control much of the fight and even have Bubba hurt multiple times.
However, the Texas native was able to push through in the third round for his best showing in the fight. The fight went to the judges and in the end Tavares control and aggressive striking in the first two rounds gave him the unanimous decision victory.
UFC Fight Night 27 was a strong showing for the promotion's second televised event on the platform. The stars from previous Ultimate Fighter seasons were able to shine and a number of finishes littered the preliminary card. With Carlos Condit moving into a better position to contend for the welterweight title, there is a lot of room for the UFC to move from here.
Carlos Condit defeated Martin Kampmann via TKO at 54 second of the fourth round.
Rafael dos Anjos defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.
Kelvin Gastelum defeated Brian Melancon via submission at 2:26 of round one.
Court McGee defeated Robert Whittaker via split decision.
Takeya Mizugaki defeated Erik Perez via split decision.
Brad Tavares defeated Bubba McDaniel via unanimous decision.
Dylan Andrews defeated Papy Abedi via knockout at 1:32 of round three.
Brandon Thatch defeated Justin Edwards via TKO at 1:23 of round one.
Darren Elkins defeated Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision.
Jason High defeated James Head via submission at 1:41 of round one.
Zak Cummings defeated Ben Alloway via submission at 4:19 of round one.
Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo ruled a no contest.