It has been four years since UFC welterweights Martin Kampmann and Carlos Condit last fought, and both will tell you they are much better fighters since they last squared off. While Kampmann was handed the split decision win, many felt that Condit did more than enough to win the bout, and now they will run the fight a second time at UFC Fight Night 27: Condit Vs Kampmann II Wednesday night in Indianapolis. In a recent interview, Kampmann explained how he has been a slow started in the past, but he knows thats not the healthiest or smarter ways to win a fight.
Kampmann told MMAJunkie:
“I think I’m better mentally now than then. Especially in my last couple of fights, I haven’t been prepared mentally.”
“I’ve been a slow starter that had to get punched way too many times in the face before I started fighting. When I fought Jake Ellenberger, I got knocked down from the get-go and came back and knocked him out, but sometimes, you don’t get that comeback. Even if you do, it’s not a healthy way to fight in the long term.
“So I feel mentally better and ready to fight from the get-go instead of having to get knocked down first.”
“Condit’s one of the best guys in the welterweight division, so of course, it’s a big challenge,” he said. “But I feel confident I’ll beat him. I beat him before. I don’t put too much into the first fight. This is a different fight, but I feel very confident I’ll beat him again. I’ve got five rounds to get the finish, and I feel confident I’ll get it.”
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