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Carlos Condit Interested in Possible Rematch With Martin Kampmann Depending on GSP’s Recovery Rate

(We know, Carlos, we didn’t believe it was Arianny in that mugshot either.) 

We haven’t heard much from Carlos Condit since his controversial, interim title-earning decision over Nick Diaz at UFC 143, even though the man he beat out for said title has given him plenty to talk about. No, all we’ve heard from “The Natural Born Killer” is that he plans to spend the rest of 2012 on the shelf in order to finally get his much deserved shot against Georges St. Pierre, who is no stranger to life on the sidelines.

Well now it seems that the fighting bug is starting to get to Condit, who recently told HDNet’s Inside MMA that he would be open to the idea of defending his interim title, were GSP’s absence to be prolonged, that is. How you can defend a title that isn’t, you know, an actual title, is beyond us, but regardless of what we think, Condit said that he’d like to face none other than the man responsible for his sole loss in the UFC given the opportunity:

If it turns out Georges can’t fight in November, most likely, I will fight somebody else. I really wanna fight Georges. I really wanna unify the belts, but there’s also some other guys that I would like to fight as well. You know, Martin Kampmann‘s the only guy that I’ve lost to in the UFC, the only guy I’ve lost to in about the last six years, so I would definitely like to avenge that loss.

Few can forget the pair’s initial meeting, which took place back in April of 2009 at Fight Night 18 and saw Kampmann emerge victorious by way of split decision in what was a hell of a three round affair.

And while we agree that it would be nice to see any fight in the welterweight division that has some kind of title implications behind it, it appears that the chances of Condit/Kampmann II going down anytime soon are somehow less likely than that of Condit/GSP. Here’s why.

On the heels of yet another come from behind win over Jake Ellenberger at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale, it turns out that Kampmann will be taking some time off of his own, both to be with his family, who are expecting another child in the near future, and to undergo minor surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee that has been bothering him for some time. Here’s what he told MMAJunkie Radio:

I wanted to get it done a couple of fights ago, but I kept getting good fight offers. I kept fighting.

I only feel it when I bend it. When I bend my knee sometimes, it will click. It’s just a minor bug. It’s nothing. I could still fight with it, but it’s something that, more than anything, it bugs me in training. It doesn’t bug me when I’m fighting.

Further muddying the waters was a certain promise that Dana White made to fellow welterweight contender Johny Hendricks. Perhaps you recall when DW stated that, if Hendricks was successful against Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3, he would be next in line for a title shot.

As we all know, Hendricks was successful that night, and since White is a man of his word, Hendricks must be in line for the winner of GSP/Condit, right? But just in case he isn’t, here are a couple options that we think could help solve this mess:

1. After Kampmann recovers, he faces Hendricks for *true* number one contender status. Condit faces GSP because we honestly just want to see this match happen before we die.

2. Hendricks faces Condit for the interim title while GSP and Kampmann recover. If the winner comes out in relatively decent shape, they face GSP and Kampmann gets the winner.

3. If GSP’s recovery is somehow delayed even further, he is stripped of the title and we are treated to either Hendricks/Condit or Kampmann/Condit for the welterweight title, with the odd man out taking on GSP in a number one contender bout.

Now, while the last option is definitely the least probable, how great would it be to see St. Pierre fight for the number one contender spot to the title he technically never lost? Not only could it reignite the fire that has been long missing from GSP’s game, but it could make for a great comeback story as well.

But what do you think Potato Nation, who deserves a crack at Condit, if anyone? Or should we just sit on our thumbs until 2014 when this title picture has finally cleared up?

-J. Jones

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Asia Lance- June 8, 2012 at 3:16 am
I’ve lost to in the UFC, the only guy I’ve lost to in about the last six years, so I would definitely like to avenge that loss.
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blackdeath- June 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Condit vs Kampmann gets GSP. Hendricks vs who cares.
The_Dead_Cow- June 5, 2012 at 11:56 am
Lately, Condit doesn't seem interested in fighting more than once or twice a year. That being said, I don't believe he'll fight until GSP is ready. GSP will be ready on time, Condit is just trying generate interest in himself so people don't forget about him.
smellypiratehooker- June 5, 2012 at 11:20 am
Isn't the reason why they create an interim champion because the real champion is unable to fight. What is the point if the interim champion is doing the exact same thing. Are champions allowed to sit back and say "naw, I kinda like being champion so I'm just gonna sit back on the sidelines for a year and reap the spoils".
nomomrnicekyle- June 5, 2012 at 10:54 am
Condit should have already agreed to fight Hendricks, he could've been done with that fight and still had time to fight GSP on schedule. The fact that he refused to defend his title made giving it to him completely meaningless.
Fletch the V Stretch- June 5, 2012 at 10:54 am
I agree with Dizzle for the most part. I am not really a Hendricks guy though. He was rag-dolled by Rick Story, has a split decision win over Mike Pierce, a split over Kos (which could have gone either way really), a W over TJ Waldburger (impressive right), and a 12 second KO over Fitch. The Fitch fight would play out WAY different if they went at it again IMO. Honestly, I just think Fitch didn't take him serious at all and couldn't get up for the fight in the least bit (I do not like Fitch at all and loved seeing him get blasted in 12 seconds) but Fitch was like I want big fights, GSP, and was getting up and comers who would only jump him for a title shot. IMO they should have just fed Fitch to GSP again. I mean as boring as Fitch is, you can't tell me watching him get destroyed for 5 rounds wasn't awesome.

I would vote for Kampmann. He has a W over Carlos, has never had a title shot, has beat a lot of good guys, and has been F'd on a couple decisions.
Fletch the V Stretch- June 5, 2012 at 11:13 am
I should also clarify that he has a lot of wins in the UFC and I am by no means disrespecting him. I just can't see him have a snowballs chance in hell vs GSP. To be honest, I can't see anyone in the WW division having a snowballs chance, so it really doesn't matter.
Dizzlefizz- June 5, 2012 at 10:29 am
Hendricks has been very impressive. But I think that Kampmann deserves the shot at condit. If for nothing else, then the simple fact that he already beat him. Condit trying to avenge his only loss in UFC is a good story line and would make condit more "legit" as "a title holder".