On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the UFC returned to Indianapolis for UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In the night’s main event, welterweights Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann went to a battle in a rematch of their 2009 contest which Kampmann claimed via split decision. Since that bout, Condit claimed the UFC’s interim championship, but fell short in his conquest to dethrone champion Georges St-Pierre. Kampmann, meanwhile, had gone just 5-4 during the same stretch, most recently having a three-fight winning streak snapped by current No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks.

Also on the main card, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos looked to inch closer to contention, TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum made his welterweight debut against Strikeforce import Brian Melancon, TUF winners Court McGee and Robert Whittaker battled it out, bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Erik Perez faced off, and TUF alums Robert “Bubba” McDaniel and Brad Tavares locked horns at middleweight.

The 12-fight event kicked off at 5 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming on the promotion’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 2 at 6 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card starting at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Condit stops Kampmann in the fourth

After four years, Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann rematched in Indianapolis.

Kampmann, who is normally a slow starter, came out aggressive to begin the fight. “Hitman” put Condit on his back while looking to land shots and take his back, but Condit slipped out the back door. Kampmann lifted Condit and took him down, but stayed in the guard rather than passing. Condit landed shots from the bottom until the round ended.

Round two was all Condit, as his striking was on point. Kampmann backed away for the most part with Condit chasing, as “The Natural Born Killer” evened the score.

Kampmann landed a takedown to begin round three, but could not hold Condit down. Condit busted open Kampmann on the feet as the blood ran down the face of the Danish fighter. Condit locked up a choke, Kampmann escaped, but Condit locked up another. Once again, Kampmann got out, but the round went the way of Condit.

Kampmann came out quickly to begin the first round four of his career, but Condit continued his striking onslaught. Condit landed combinations before a couple knees sent Kampmann to the mat, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.

Dos Anjos decisions Cerrone

In the co-main event, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos squared off.

The first two rounds went to the Brazilian as he kept Cerrone at bay with his strikes. From the start, dos Anjos was the clear, more technical fighter.

Cerrone won the third round due to the fact he needed to go for broke, but could not pull off a finish. It could be that Cerrone may have came in a little overconfident, but dos Anjos put on an impressive performance to earn the win by unanimous decision.

Gastelum submits Melancon

The latest Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum returned to the cage against Brian Melancon.

Gastelum put on an impressive performance, the best of his short career. Gastelum rocked Melancon on the feet, then when Melancon went to the ground, locked up a rear-naked choke to force a tap.

Gastelum keeps his undefeated record in order, now 2-0 in the UFC.

McGee edges Whittaker

Two Ultimate Fighter winners faced off as Court McGee battled Robert Whittaker.

Round one was methodical round, with both men feeling one another out in the early stages. With that said, it was difficult to determine the winner of the frame as both were very even in terms of strikes.

To begin the second, McGee rocked Whittaker with a punch, but the Aussie regained his composure. It was another close round, but considering the shot by McGee, “Crusher” likely earned it on the cards.

Round three was a battle has both men went for broke in the final minute. With their faces busted up, the middleweights went the distance after an entertaining fight.

In a split decision verdict, McGee would get the nod.

Mizugaki earns split decision over Perez

Takeya Mizugaki and Erik Perez faced off in a bantamweight contest.

Perez began the fight with a pace that showed he wanted to pressure the veteran. “Goyito” landed a couple takedowns in the opening round, and worked on the mat against the cage. Mizugaki came back with a double-leg, which made the scoring tough for the judges.

When both men exchanged, Mizugaki got the upperhand in that department. Perez threw several spinning kicks, but were wild and not set up well. This allowed the Japanese fighter to control round two.

Mizugaki, with the momentum, continued to come forward. He caught a leg and fired a solid punch, but Perez stayed aware and slowed the pace. Mizugaki used a body lock to get a key takedown, and locked up a rear-naked choke. However, Perez escaped to return to his feet.

The judges were split on the result, with two scoring it 29-28 Mizugaki, while the other saw it 29-28 Perez.

Tavares out-points McDaniel

Middleweights kicked off the main card as Robert “Bubba” McDaniel took on Brad Tavares.

The opening round featured Tavares trying to be the aggressor by smothering McDaniel against the cage. Tavares landed a few solid leg kicks, but neither were able to do a significant amount of damage.

Round two was very similar to the first. Tavares did just enough to score points, while McDaniel was unsuccessful.

McDaniel came out of round three with a solid shot against the cage, but Tavares reversed the position to return to the center of the cage. “Bubba” followed with a takedown with just over three minutes remaining, and tried to transition to a dominant position. However, McDaniel could not pull off a finish.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28, giving Tavares the unanimous decision win.

Preliminary Card Results

Ultimate Fighter 17 cast member Dylan Andrews stepped inside the Octagon once again to take on Papy Abedi. Abedi controlled the opening two rounds, but in the third, Andrews turned the tables. Andrews landed a big uppercut that stunned Abedi, and finished him off with punches to complete the comeback.

Brandon Thatch made his UFC debut on Wednesday, squaring off with Justin “Fast Eddy” Edwards. Thatch had previously won all of his fights in the first round, and increased the number to 10 with a TKO finish in the opening frame. Thatch landed a high kick to Edwards which dropped his opponent, then followed up with punches to get the finish.

Indiana’s own Darren Elkins returned to the Octagon for the first time since Chad Mendes ended his hot streak. Elkins fought Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki in a three-round grappling battle, with Elkins getting the nod by unanimous decision.

Midwest-based welterweights went toe-to-toe in the opening Fox Sports 2 prelim as Oklahoma native James Head took on “The Kansas City Bandit” Jason High. At just 1:41 of the opening round, High forced Head to tap after working hard for a guillotine choke. After stepping over to mound while grasping the neck of his opponent, Head had no other choice than to submit.

Ben Alloway and Zak Cummings rounded out the online prelims, with Cummings submitting his opponent in the first round. Cummings dragged Alloway to the mat, and locked up his “bread and butter” move to force the Aussie to quickly tap out.

The first bout of the evening was an exciting fight for just over five minutes, but ended in disappointing fashion. Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo started the fight at a constant pace in round one, but in the second, Trujillo would connect with an illegal knee. As a result, Trujillo was deducted a point, but would not matter as Bowling was unable to continue. The fight ended in a no-contest.

FULL RESULTS
Carlos Condit def. Martin Kampmann by TKO (strikes). Round 4, 0:54
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:26
Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brad Tavares def. Robert McDaniel by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:32
Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:23
Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason High def. James Head by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1,
Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway by submission (D’arce choke). Round 1, 4:19
Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo ends in a no-contest (unintentional illegal knee). Round 2, 2:57

Photo: Carlos Condit (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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