Carlos Condit won a stunning brawl against Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC Fight Night from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on FOX Sports 1.
Full recap of the action below:
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Carlos Condit (28-7) vs. Martin Kampmann (20-6)
Referee Herb Dean is overseeing tonight’s main event. Kampmann immediately shoots in for a takedown. Condit initially defends well, but Kampmann won’t budge on his body lock, inevitably dragging Condit to the mat. Condit scrambles off his back and attacks a leg, but Kampmann rolls out and drops back into his guard. Kampmann creates some distance to land some punches to the head and body. Condit gets back to his feet, but he gives up his back, allowing Kampmann to suplex him to the floor. Kampmann is sinking in his hooks for a choke as Condit reverses the position. They’re back to a vertical base and Kampmann still has a grip around Condit’s body. Kampmann scores another takedown. Condit closes his guard and tries to isolate an arm while eating punches off his back. Kampmann creates some distance and lands a knee with Condit elevating. They finally create some separation and Condit is stalking. He misses a flashy kick before landing a hook inside. Kampmann gets another takedown with Condit trying to work his rubber guard. FOXSports.com scores the fast-paced opening round for Kampmann, 10-9.
Condit lands leg kicks and pumps out his jab. Kampmann counters with a stiff right hand. Kampmann tries to close in for a takedown. It’s fended off by Condit, but he’s blasted with a straight right on the escape. A solid combination connects for Condit. Kampmann is again pursuing the takedown, but Condit counters, takes his back and lands an elbow. The momentum is shifting as Condit tags Kampmann with more combinations. Kampmann’s face is swelling up as Condit utilizes angles and mixes up his strikes. Condit appears to have found his range as he lands inside. A spinning backfist glances Kampmann in the side of the head. The Danish veteran attempts another takedown against the cage, but Condit reverses him again and briefly has his back. Condit stuffs another shot and lands a short elbow. A strong 10-9 comeback round for Condit on the FOXSports.com scorecard.
Kampmann closes the distance, but Condit isn’t having any of it. Condit slaps Kampmann with some combinations, but he’s taken down shortly thereafter. Kampmann can’t keep him grounded and he absorbs some shots standing in return. Condit is opening up with straight punches, kicks and elbows and the accumulation is taking its toll. Condit walks right into a right hand, but he’s unfazed. With Kampmann badly busted up, Condit goes to work with punches to the face. Condit catches a kick and lands a straight right hand. Condit unleashes a combination and finishes with a knee. Kampmann is hurt and he drops for a takedown. Condit goes for a guillotine and Kampmann escapes, giving up his back in the process. Condit nearly locks in a rear-naked choke, but Kampmann survives. It’s all Condit, who blasts away with shots as the bell sounds. FOXSports.com scores the round 10-9 Condit, who is now in complete control of the fray.
Condit thwarts another takedown attempt and he’s back to picking away with accurate shots. A kick to the body sets up a precision left hook and another flurry of lefts and rights. A shot to the liver badly hurts Kampmann. Condit doesn’t let off, flooring him with devastating knees from the clinch and referee Herb Dean rushes in to prevent any further punishment. A dynamic offensive display from the former interim welterweight champion, who gets the fourth-round TKO victory.
Final Result: Carlos Condit def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (strikes) at 0:54, Round 4
Donald Cerrone (20-5) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (19-6)
Referee Dan Miragliotta gets the co-main event assignment. Cerrone is feinting early and they both land kicks. Dos Anjos goes upstairs with a superman punch and a quick combination. Cerrone is circling well, but he’s eating the hardest shots inside. Cerrone keeps launching a front kick. Dos Anjos lands flush with a punishing right hook, which floors "The Cowboy." Dos Anjos pounces on him, but Cerrone tries to set up a triangle choke. Dos Anjos frees himself from danger and tries to pass Cerrone’s guard. He’s unloading with elbows and punches, while defending Cerrone’s high guard setups. A strong first frame for Dos Anjos, who takes it 10-9 on the FOXSports.com card.
Dos Anjos strikes first with several kicks. The Brazilian is landing hard to the body, mixing up his offense well. Cerrone eats a knee as they exchange kicks to the body. Cerrone blasts forward with a takedown, working inside Dos Anjos’ half-guard. Dos Anjos scrambles back to his feet at the two-minute mark of the round. Dos Anjos drops levels and attempts his own single-leg takedown against the cage. It’s stuffed by Cerrone. They go back to standup exchanges and it’s Dos Anjos landing the most significant strikes. Dos Anjos shoots in again and he gets it this time. Dos Anjos rides out the round in Cerrone’s butterfly guard. Another 10-9 round for Dos Anjos on the FOXSports.com scorecard.
They touch gloves as the final period gets underway. Cerrone puts some power into an outside leg kick, momentarily flooring Dos Anjos, who answers back with a head kick. Dos Anjos is pushing Cerrone back, but his pace is slowing. Cerrone is finding a home for his body kick, repeatedly tagging Dos Anjos in the midsection. Dos Anjos shoots in deep for a double-leg takedown. Cerrone stays upright, eventually spinning out of the clinch. There’s no sense of urgency from Cerrone in the final minutes as Dos Anjos circles and drops levels for another unsuccessful takedown attempt. Cerrone is putting some key combinations together in the final stages, but it won’t be enough to steal the decision. FOXSports.com scores the turnaround round 10-9 for Cerrone, but Dos Anjos clearly won the first 10 minutes, earning him the 29-28 decision.
Final Result: Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastulem (6-0) vs. Brian Melancon (7-2)
After a brief feeling out process, Gastelum reverts back to the basics with a quick takedown. Melancon pops back to his feet and spins out the clinch. Gastelum puts him down again, but he can’t hold the position. Melancon grazes Gastelum with a head kick and they exchange hooks. Gastelum is showcasing improved striking, storming Melancon with successive loaded one-two combinations followed by an uppercut to drop him to a knee. Gastelum immediately swoops in, taking Melancon’s back and sinking in his hooks for the first-round rear-naked choke submission.
Final Result: Kelvin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26, Round 1
Court McGee (14-3) vs. Robert Whittaker (11-2)
McGee gets to work right away with a kick to the body. He initiates a clinch and lands a few punches before Whittaker spins out. McGee is peppering Whittaker with kicks, while the Australian establishes his stiff left jab. McGee lands another hard outside leg kick. McGee eats a straight punch, but he’s the busier fighter, mixing up combinations and controlling the center of the cage. Whittaker loses his balance and McGee tries to finish a takedown. Whittaker defends and he’s now anticipating McGee’s attack, landing short counters and opening a gash on his forehead. McGee lands another hard leg kick in the closing seconds. FOXSports.com narrowly sides with McGee, who takes the round 10-9.
McGee catches Whittaker off balance with an early exchange, but he’s right back to his feet. McGee walks him back and briefly drops him with a hard hook. Whittaker pops back to his feet, but McGee stays on him, pushing a feverish pace with his combinations. McGee lands a sharp elbow in the clinch. Whittaker closes the distance and McGee takes his back momentarily before they separate. A hard body kick lands for McGee, who eats a stiff jab in return. Whittaker keeps landing a short elbow as McGee closes the distance, but it’s not stopping him from coming forward. With blood streaming down his face, McGee grazes Whittaker with a high head kick. Whittaker keeps landing short standing elbows when McGee moves in. Whittaker gets off with some counters and a high kick before the bell sounds. FOXSports.com scores the second round for McGee, 10-9.
Whittaker is doing a better job of anticipating McGee’s offense as he lands a number of counters early on. McGee catches him with a straight right hand off balance. A left hook finds its mark for Whittaker. McGee finally puts a combination together before walking right into another standing elbow strike. Whittaker connects on another counter, while McGee’s coach John Hackleman urges him to move laterally. McGee is still pushing a frantic pace, while Whittaker is beating him to the punch. The pace has slowed, but they exchange wild hooks as the fight culminates. FOXSports.com gives the final round to Whittaker, 10-9, but McGee gets the nod 29-28.
Final Result: Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Takeya Mizugaki (17-7-2) vs. Erik Perez (13-4)
They waste little time trading early, exchanging some hard counterpunches. Perez attempts a flying knee and follows it up with a hook. Another hard right hand lands for Perez. Perez jumps in, eating a counter from the Japanese veteran. Another quick exchange leads to Perez charging in for a takedown. Mizugaki gets back to his feet, but eats a hard knee to the body. Perez keeps the pressure on, getting him down once more. Mizugaki regains his footing and spins out. Perez catches a kick attempt and pushes forward for another takedown against the fence. Mizugaki once again eats a knee to the body on his way to his feet. Mizugaki ducks under a combination and lands a takedown. Perez gives up his back, but he gets back up, pushing through for a takedown in the final seconds. FOXSports.com scores the first round for Perez, 10-9.
Mizugaki lands a pair of hooks in the opening moments. Perez misses on a spinning wheel kick attempt. Both fighters are dropping their chins and throwing bombs in close quarters, but they’re taking the shots well. Perez closes in and lands a knee. Mizugaki lands a knee up the middle as Perez shoots in. Mizugaki is landing the better hooks in these exchanges. Perez is holding his own, constantly changing levels trying to keep Mizugaki guessing, but he’s absorbing some heavy shots. Mizugaki counters another takedown attempt from the Mexican prospect, dropping to his knees against the cage. Mizugaki lands a quick combination on the escape. Perez is busted up from Mizugaki’s boxing. Perez lands a flying knee to the body. Perez eats an uppercut on his final takedown attempt. FOXSports.com scores it 10-9 Mizugaki, evening it up at a round a piece.
One minute into the final period, they go back to furious exchanges with Mizugaki getting the upper hand. Perez desperately shoots in for a takedown, but Mizugaki scoots right back to his feet. Perez is trying to transition to his back. Mizugaki calmly defends, tripping Perez to the floor. Mizugaki takes his back, locks up a body triangle and sinks in his hooks for a rear-naked choke. Perez is visibly in trouble, but Mizugaki seems to lose his grip. Perez shoots in, trying to keep Mizugaki grounded with time running out. Mizugaki gets the body lock and he’s back up, pushing Perez against the fence. Mizugaki separates and engages in a brief flurry at the tail-end of the round. FOXSports.com scores the third frame 10-9 for Mizugaki, giving him the fight 29-28.
Final Result: Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Brad Tavares (10-1) vs. Bubba McDaniel (21-6)
Tavares blocks a high kick attempt from McDaniel and returns fire with a pair of hard kicks. McDaniel’s thigh is already red. "Bubba" closes the distance, attempting a takedown. Tavares easily escapes the clinch and presses forward with a straight right hand. Tavares misses on a high kick attempt. McDanel flurries in and eats a short counter. Tavares catches him with a hard body kick and McDaniel drops to his back. The Hawaiian wants no part of McDaniel’s guard and lets him get back up. Tavares clips him with a few short hooks. McDaniel drops to his knees and tries to power through for a takedown. Tavares defends against the cage and eats a knee to the groin area, prompting referee Dan Miragliotta to break them up. McDaniel lands a combination and now it’s Tavares trying to put him on his back against the fence. He gets double underhooks and they exchange knees. With 10 seconds left, the fighters separate and Tavares lands a few kicks before the end of the round. FOXSports.com scores it for Tavares, 10-9.
Tavares mixes up his offense and hurts McDaniel with body shots. McDaniel eats a combination and a right hand sends him to the floor. He pops up and continues to absorb punishment, eating knees and straight rights. Tavares opens up with some kicks, giving McDaniel an opening to shoot in for a takedown as he’s off balance. McDaniel gets him down, but Tavares pops off with his butterfly guard. They clinch briefly before separating. Tavares drops McDaniel again with a stiff jab, but he instantly scoots up. Tavares goes back to work on the body, getting the best of their striking exchanges. Tavares gets a body lock and puts McDaniel down, but he’s not sticking around. He cautiously lands some kicks to the legs of his fallen foe. Back on their feet, they clinch up as time expires. FOXSports.com scores it again for Tavares, 10-9.
Tavares opens the final frame aggressively, landing some hard kicks. McDaniel lands his best punch of the fight, triggering a clinch. They separate and Tavares drops McDaniel with a hard inside leg kick, which grazes his groin area. McDaniel gets a few moments to recover before the action resumes. In a final move of desperation, McDaniel hits a quick double-leg takedown. McDaniel works on passing Tavares’ half-guard, dropping some short punches and elbows. Tavares goes for a kimura, then tries to roll out of the position. McDaniel keeps his weight on him before going back to work in the guard. Tavares tries to slide out, but McDaniel maintains top control. McDaniel passes the guard and briefly gets the mount. It could be too little too late as the fight comes to an end. FOXSports.com scores the round 10-9 for McDaniel, but Tavares should take the fight 29-28.
Final Result: Brad Tavares def. Bubba McDaniel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2):
Dylan Andrews (17-5, 1NC) vs. Papy Abedi (9-2)
Abedi lands first with an inside leg kick. The rangier Andrews is trying to keep Abedi on the outside with his jab. Abedi lands again with a kick to the body. Abedi grazes Andrews with a hook and shoots in for a takedown. Andrews briefly defends against the cage before he’s slammed to the mat. Abedi is unable to maintain side control and Andrews powers back to his feet, securing a trip of his own. Abedi returns to his feet and they’re clinched up against the cage. Abedi trips him down. After a brief scramble, Abedi tries to slide his arms around Andrews’ neck for a guillotine. Andrews defends and shoots in for a takedown. Abedi gets the best of the scramble and again attempts a guillotine choke in the half-guard. Another reversal from Andrews, who ends the round in side control. FOXSports.com scores the opening frame 10-9 Abedi.
Andrews is pawing at Abedi with his hands in the early stages of the second round. Andrews is landing some leg kicks as the crowd becomes restless. Andrews initiates a clinch and attempts a trip, but Abedi stays on his feet. Abedi lands a shot and gets Andrews down. The Congolese-Swedish prospect is pounding away with punches to the head and body. With one minute left, Abedi tries to sink in a guillotine choke. Andrews escapes and powers back to his feet. Andrews clinches up against the cage, landing a knee that appears to graze Abedi in the groin in the closing seconds of the round. FOXSports.com sees it 10-9 for Abedi.
Andrews is the early aggressor and he tags Abedi with a combination. Abedi initiates a clinch, which referee Herb Dean breaks up due to inactivity. Andrews lands several right hands and a short uppercut. Abedi is visibly hurt and drops to the floor. Andrews unloads with punches on the ground, but the damage has been done and Dean has seen enough. Andrews secures the dramatic come-from-behind victory. Post-fight, Andrews appears to be nursing an arm injury.
Final Result: Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi via TKO (punches) at 1:32, Round 3
Justin Edwards (8-2) vs. Brandon Thatch (9-1)
Edwards tries to overpower Thatch in the clinch early on. Thatch spins out before flooring him with a quick combination. Edwards recovers and shoots in again, but he’s eating a storm of strikes as he tries to close the distance. Thatch isn’t giving him any time to recover, blitzing with knees and right hands. Edwards drops again and Thatch blasts him with a flurry of punches on the ground. Referee Rob Hinds rescues Edwards from further punishment at the 1:23 mark. A spectacular promotional debut for the Denver native, who has now finished all 10 of his career victims in the very first round.
Final Result: Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards via TKO (punches) at 1:23, Round 1
Darren Elkins (16-3) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-6-2)
Hioki lands a counter hook in the early going. The taller and lankier Japanese fighter absorbs a few shots, but he’s controlling the range. Elkins is launching power punches and Hioki counters with a stiff hook to back him up. Hioki is bleeding heavily from the nose. A pair of quality kicks to the body land for Hioki. Elkins latches onto a single-leg, but his takedown attempt is easily thwarted. Hioki finds the target with a leaping straight right. Elkins responds with a combination, but he’s flinching from Hioki’s constant attack to the body and he collapses to his knees. Hioki stays on him, landing short punches before forcing him onto his back. Elkins attacks the ankle, which allows him to return to his feet. Elkins drops down for another takedown, but his arm is tied up between Hioki’s legs and he’s eating short punches to the temple as time expires. FOXSports.com scores the opening stanza for Hioki, 10-9.
Hioki’s hands are low, allowing Elkins to tag him with a stiff combination. Hioki drops levels and Elkins grabs a hold of his neck. Hioki briefly takes him down, but Elkins rapidly transitions back to his feet. Elkins misses a trio of big hooks, then absorbs a knee to the body. Hioki catches Elkins lunging in with a hook. Elkins catches a kick and grazes Hioki with a countershot. Hioki blocks a kick upstairs and goes back to work on the body. Hioki lands a pair of leg kicks, but Elkins plants him on his back. Hioki works his way up with his back against the cage, but Elkins is all over him. Elkins transitions to the back, but Hioki tries to roll out of the position. Elkins is keeping the pressure on his grounded adversary, but Hioki finally scrambles back to his feet. Hioki winces from a knee that appears to hit him low, but referee Dan Miragliotta tells them to fight on. Hioki tries to roll through for a kimura from the clinch and Elkins gives up his back. Hioki attempts the rear-naked choke, then takes the mount. He tries to set up a mounted triangle choke or armbar, but Elkins escapes and pummels Hioki with short punches as the bell sounds. FOXSports.com scores a much closer 10-9 second round for Elkins.
More of the same to start the final round as Elkins is charging in with flurries. Elkins takes Hioki down, who goes to the rubber guard off his back. Elkins isn’t landing anything significant on the ground. Meanwhile, Hioki tries to set up submissions. Some wild punches are finally getting through for Elkins, but Hioki is blocking most of them. Hioki tries to set up a triangle choke. Elkins escapes and goes back to work with his punches. Hioki goes for an armbar and omoplata, but Elkins has it well-scouted. Elkins rides out the position in Hioki’s guard to grind out the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 on the FOXSports.com scorecard.
Final Result: Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
James Head (9-3) vs. Jason High (16-4)
Head is trying to find his range early by pumping out the jab. The moment he closes in, High drops levels for a takedown. High chips away with some short shots in half-guard. Head pushes off, but High falls with a heavy right hand and instantly sinks in a guillotine choke. Head tries to roll out of it, but he’s caught up against the cage, allowing High to apply additional pressure. Head resists, but he’s inevitably forced to submit in the mounted guillotine position, prompting referee Herb Dean’s intervention.
Final Result: Jason High def. James Head via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:41, Round 1
Zak Cummings (15-3) vs. Ben Alloway (12-4)
Alloway opens up with a sharp inside leg kick. Cummings tries to answer back with a kick of his own, but Alloway immediately tries to take him down to no avail. Cummings drops down for a takedown of his own. Alloway uses a guillotine choke to defend, but Cummings eventually trips him to the floor. Alloway uses wrist control to get back up and he spins out of the clinch. Alloway is controlling the striking exchanges and Cummings drops levels again for a double-leg takedown. Great takedown defense from Alloway, but he can’t spin out with his back against the fence. Cummings maintains a body lock as he relentlessly pursues a takedown. He finally gets him down, passes to side control, then takes his opponent’s back. Cummings slides his arm in and spins him over, sinking in a tight D’Arce choke to coax the tapout in his UFC debut.
Final Result: Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway via submission (D’Arce choke) at 4:19, Round 1
Roger Bowling (11-4) vs. Abel Trujillo (10-5)
They circle early and exchange a pair of hooks. Bowling backs Trujillo up with a left hook, but he recovers. Bowling is getting the better of the early exchanges. Bowling ducks under and lands a hard hook inside. He shoots in for a takedown, lifts him up and slams him with authority. Nice scramble from Trujillo in butterfly guard to return back to his feet. Bowling is slipping under Trujillo’s punches, but he’s eating some shots to get inside. Trujillo starts to find success with his jab. Trujillo flurries inside and takes Bowling’s back. Bowling drops to one knee and tries to roll out, but Trujillo lands in half-guard. Trujillo passes to side control. Bowling gives up his back again and Trujillo stays on him, landing some knees to the body. Bowling drops down for a guillotine choke. It’s deep, but Trujillo survives. Bowling goes for it again with his arm in, but Trujillo pops out and lands a quick flurry as time expires. FOXSports.com scores the first period 10-9 Bowling.
Both fighters land inside early. Bowling shoots in for a double-leg takedown, but Trujillo keeps his balance. Trujillo flurries with some big left hooks to back Bowling up. A hard outside leg kick lands for Bowling. Trujillo initiates the clinch and lands a knee to the body. Bowling separates and lands a three-punch combination, finishing with an uppercut. Bowling is now targeting the body. He’s throwing bombs, but eats a counter in close quarters. Bowling drops levels and secures a takedown against the cage. Bowling turns his back and regains his footing, but eats a knee up the middle on the escape. The pace has slowed, but Bowling rocks Trujillo with a short hook. Trujillo returns fire and he’s still winging hooks. Bowling lands another takedown with 45 seconds left. He takes Trujillo’s back and sinks in his hooks for a rear-naked choke, but he can’t finish in half-guard. Trujillo gives the thumbs up to referee Rob Hinds before popping out. Trujillo explodes with a combination, dropping Bowling with a vicious knee to the body. He lands another illegal knee that hits Bowling in the head, pounces with punches and the referee immediately breaks it up. He takes a point from Trujillo, but with Bowling writhing in agony and bleeding from the nose, the physician deems him unable to continue. The fight is officially a no-contest.
Final Result: Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo declared no-contest (unintentional illegal knee) at 4:56, Round 2