Martin Kampmann Beats Carlos Condit By Split Decision at UFC Fight Night

In a battle of young welterweights that lived up to expectations, Martin Kampmann beat Carlos Condit by split decision Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville.

The first round was a good ground battle in which Condit, the former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion, opened an ugly cut under Kampmann's left eye by landing a hard punch followed by a knee just as Kampmann got up off the canvas.

The second round saw more positioning on the ground, with Kampmann attempting to get Condit in a guillotine only to have Condit get his back and almost catch him in a rear-naked choke.

In the third round Condit unintentionally poked Kampmann's eye, but Kampmann shook it off and for the most part controlled the pace of the round. The fight ended, appropriately, with both Condit and Kampmann on the ground, and they embraced as the final horn sounded. Two judges gave it to Kampmann 29-28 while the third gave it to Condit 29-28.

"Thanks to Carlos," Kampmann said in the Octagon afterward. "That was a great fight. He's a true warrior. It could have gone either way."

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