UFC Fight Night ‘Condit vs Kampmann 2’ Preliminary Breakdown

August 26, 2013

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UFC Fight Night ‘Condit vs Kampmann 2’ Preliminary Breakdown



“UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2” airs on Wednesday, August 28.  Preliminaries will be broadcast on Facebook starting at 5 PM (EST).  Coverage will continue on Sportsnet 360, with televised preliminaries beginning at 6 PM (EST) and the main card airing at 8 PM (EST).

When Roger Bowling (0-1 UFC, 11-4) and Abel Trujillo (1-1 UFC, 10-5) collide, it’s in your best interests not to blink.  These are two high intensity, high output fighters who are scraping and clawing to make a name for themselves.  Seven of Bowling’s eleven career victories have come via knockout, while Trujillo dazzled in his debut taking out Marcus LeVesseur.  Bowling makes his second appearance at lightweight and needs a win here to avoid a third straight loss.  Trujillo also seeks redemption after being tossed around by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160.

*****

Zak Cummings (0-0 UFC, 14-5) had already fought for two of North America’s major promotions (Strikeforce and Bellator) before getting the call for season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.  He wowed in the elimination round, scoring a sub-10 second knockout to earn a spot in the house.  Unfortunately, that’s as far as he would make it as he didn’t make it out of the opening round.  It seemed doubtful he would get to complete the promotional trifecta, but here he is facing TUF: The Smashes competitor Ben Alloway (1-1 UFC, 13-4).  Alloway will be looking to keep the fight on the feet, something he was unable to do in a decision loss to Ryan LaFlare.

*****

Jason High’s (0-2 UFC, 16-4) career has been a series of stops and starts.  After a 7-0 start, a KO loss to the more seasoned Jay Hieron was understandable.  He was a surprise contender in the 2009 Dream Welterweight Grand Prix, eking out a win over favoured jiu-jitsu ace André Galvão to make it to the finals where he would drop the top prize to Marius Zaromskis.  That runner-up finish was enough to get him a look from the UFC, but he was quickly sent packing after losing his only fight.  Another seven fight win streak (including three appearances in Strikeforce) set him up with Erick Silva, who snuffed out High with a first round submission.  Facing James Head (2-2 UFC, 9-3), this could be High’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to compete at the highest level of MMA.

*****

If you’re looking for a prospect to deliver a breakthrough performance on the preliminary card, look no further than Brandon Thatch (0-0 UFC, 9-1), a representative of the Grudge Training Center who has eight straight first round finishes going into his UFC debut.  His opponent, Justin Edwards (2-2 UFC, 8-2) will not be easy pickings, having never been finished in ten career contests.  The Randy Couture look-a-like will be making his fifth UFC appearance.  Though not a household name, he’s a considerable step up from Thatch’s previous competition.  In his last fight, Edwards choked out veteran Josh Neer in 45 seconds in a stunning upset.

*****

Dylan Andrews (1-0 UFC, 16-4) is a sentimental favourite.  His story of tragedy and triumph growing up with brothers who squandered their athletic gifts as a result of drug use was a focal point of TUF 17.  Rooting for Andrews is easy, but don’t count out Papy Abedi (1-2 UFC, 9-2) who is making his return to 185.  Abedi dropped down to welterweight as soon as he arrived in the UFC; prior to that, he was 8-0 in the middleweight division.  Neither man is known for wasting time, so don’t expect this one to go to the scorecards.

One to watch:

On Sportsnet 360:

Featherweight Bout: Darren Elkins (6-2 UFC, 16-3) v. Hatsu Hioki (2-2 UFC, 26-6-2)

The pressure is on for Hioki, long considered one of the top five featherweights in the world.  He remains well regarded due to a sterling international record including a win over Marlon Sandro at a time when Sandro was steamrolling the competition overseas.  Hioki also holds victories over Mark Hominick, Jeff Curran and Rumina Sato.  He’s never been finished in his eleven year career.

In two frustrating losses, Hioki has been unable to find a winning formula; against Ricardo Lamas, he was able to get top position but unable to do damage while the reverse was true against Clay Guida, a fight in which Hioki was more active from bottom position but still lost.  A third straight loss could spell the end for Hioki’s UFC career.

Elkins was making a solid case for a title shot until he ran into the consensus #2 featherweight Chad Mendes.  Mended reminded Elkins how far he was from the front of the pack, needing little more than a minute to put him away.

What’s interesting is that both Hioki and Elkins suffered from unwise matchmaking decisions.  Hioki declined a title shot in 2012, explaining that he needed more experience.  The decision backfired when he lost to Lamas.  Elkins’ five fight win streak was broken when he replaced Guida on short notice.  He had beaten his last opponent quickly and avoided any serious bumps and bruises, but taking on a fighter like Mendes with a truncated camp can’t have been easy.

That’s all in the past now.  With their sterling reputations, the winner of this match will keep themselves in the mix at 145.  It will likely be an ugly, clinch-heavy, grind it out affair, which is probably why this isn’t headlining the preliminary card.  Still, these two have made a career out of such performances and they probably wouldn’t have it any other way.

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