Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The UFC is holding an event on August 28th in Indianapolis Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the second consecutive Saturday UFC fans can watch some the worlds best athletes compete on free television. Not to shabby. The card is not quite as stacked as last weeks debut on Fox Sports 1 but its free mma, so don't bother complaining.

Carlos Condit vs Martin Kampmann

In the main event we have a rematch that has been four years in the making. Carlos Condit lost a close split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. Both fighters are coming of loses to number one contender Johny Hendricks and are in need of strong performance to stay relevant as a top contender. The winner will likely remain in the mix and the loser will have to work there way back up. Both fighters have high level striking and grappling skills, but Kampmann is coming off an extremely devastating knockout loss. The kind of knock out that a fighter never fully recovers from and makes them more susceptible to future knock outs. Im going to go with Condit by tko, I just cant see Kampmann being the same fighter after his last fight.

Donald Cerrone vs Rafael Dos Anjos

In the co-main event, two of the top lightweights in the world collide as the cowboy Donald Cerrone takes on surging Brazilian import Rafeal Dos Anjos. Cerrone has compiled an impressive 7-2 record in the UFC, and has ranked in the top 10 for quite some time. While Dos Anjos has won his last 4 bouts, which include wins over Evan Dunham, and Mark Bocek. Much like the main event, the winner of this bout will only be a one or two fights away from a title shot. Cerrone will have a definitive reach advantage and should be able to to win the majority of the striking exchanges, while the more compact Brazilian fighter should be able to control Cerrone on the ground to get the decision. Tough fight to call, im going to go with Dos Anjos by decision.

Kevin Gastelum vs Brian Melancon

Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kevin Gastelum makes his return to the octagon after winning the reality show and faces one time UFC fighter Brian Melancon. Gastelum brings a lot of heart, tenacity and wrestling skills to the table and has beat all comers thus far in his mma career. Melancon had a very impressive UFC debut in his bout with Seth Baczyniski. He looked very comfortable against a much taller opponent in Baczyniski, and displayed some impressive knock out power. Although Gastelum has defeated 5 opponents to win the reality show, he is still very green in his overall mma game and Meclancon is a very dangerous fighter. Look for Melancon to another first round stoppage due to strikes.

Other bouts on the main card include a welterweight show down between Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee and Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Robert Whittaker. Also a potential fight of the night at bantamweight when the always exciting Mexican Erik Perez returns to face former WEC title challenger in Takeya Mizugaki.

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