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    shed, and then I lost a real close position to Johny Hendricks. Having victory slip through my fingers like that really gives me some fire to make sure I finish this fight."

    Condit (28-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) returns to action at Wednesday night's "UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2" event, where he headlines the card in a rematch with the only other man to beat him in the past seven years, Martin Kampmann (20-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC). The event takes place at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and the main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 2 and Facebook.

    Despite the back-to-back defeats, Condit said he jumped at the opportunity to book the rematch.

    "I was excited," Condit told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "This is a fight that I've been looking forward to for a long time, and I jumped at the opportunity."

    Kampmann has gone 5-4 since the 2009 win over Condit, though he's picked up "Fight of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Knockout of the Night" bonuses along the way. Meanwhile, Condit has gone 5-2 since the original meeting, picking up the UFC's interim welterweight title along the way, though he lost it in an attempt to unify the belt with champion St-Pierre.

    Still, nearly four years after the original meeting, Condit believes fans will actually see a better version of both fighters.

    "I'm a better fighter," Condit said. "I've grown quite a bit as a person. I've had these really tough fights against high-level opponents. I think that's going to show. But he's improved, too. This is Condit vs. Kampmann 2.0. This is going to be a better version of both of us – both hungry, both coming off losses looking to get back in the win column.

    "Particularly his striking is better, I think. He's always been well-versed in striking, but it's gotten better. He looks sharper. He's more dangerous on his feet. I'm sure he's improved all around, but that's what stands out to me."

    The battle for both fighters is imperative in their ability to remain relevant in the 170-pound title picture. Condit is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com welterweight MMA rankings. Kampmann sits in the No. 8 slot.

    Condit knows how important a victory is for his title chances.

    "A win over Kampmann puts me back in the title mix," Condit said. "But first things first, and I've got to take care of this guy. Martin is super tough. He's improved quite a bit since our last fight, and I definitely have my hands full."

    But should Condit survive his latest test, he's already got a few more in mind. If he's getting the chance to avenge one negative outcome, why not another? He wouldn't mind starting with Hendricks.

    "I would request a five-round fight with him," Condit said. "I feel like I was getting stronger as the fight went on. That last round, I had him in trouble, and had the fight gone any longer, I think I would have come away with a win. But I'm not looking back. I'm not crying about the decision or anything like that.

    "I'm going to get an opportunity to rematch a guy I lost to on Wednesday, and then I'm going to look forward to maybe avenging that loss and maybe getting another big fight."

    And Condit isn't ruling out a possible rematch against a fighter he beat, either. Should Nick Diaz finally break his retirement, Condit wouldn't be opposed to visiting that fight again, either.

    "When I fought Diaz, it was a controversial decision, and I said, 'I can see how some people think he won,'" Condit said. "I'm not ego-tripping out here. I'm just out here trying to fight to the best of my ability, and if we don't finish the fight and it ends up in the judges' hands, it gets kind of weird sometimes."
    UFC's Martin Kampmann: I get punched in the face too many times as slow starter
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    "I think I'm better mentally now than then," he said in advance of his headliner on Wednesday at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "Especially in my last couple of fights, I haven't been prepared mentally."

    The event's main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 2 and Facebook.

    Mental preparation is a term often thrown around by fighters as they get closer to a bout, and it's sometimes difficult to figure out what exactly they mean. While just about everyone agrees that you need a unique mentality to step into a cage and fight another human being, training one's mind is a task that can take on dozens of different techniques, all or none of which might work before and during the actual contest.

    Kampmann has been a professional fighter for 10 years and been in the UFC for seven of those, during which he's repeatedly been called one of the best in the promotion's welterweight division. But the ultimate symbol of achievement – a title shot – has eluded him despite several impressive runs.

    In his most recent bout, Kampmann stood poised to earn a title shot against current 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre when he fought Johny Hendricks at UFC 154. But in less than a minute, he was knocked out.

    Kampmann, who took time off afterward to recover from a knee injury, admits that he's been far too relaxed in the early stages of a fight, and said the focus of his mental training is making sure he's ready to go from the opening bell. It's a strategy he feels will not only lead him to more success, but also pay dividends with his health as he heads into the latter part of his career.

    "I haven't been ready for the game," he said. "I've been a slow starter that had to get punched way too many times in the face before I started fighting. When I fought Jake Ellenberger, I got knocked down from the get-go and came back and knocked him out, but sometimes, you don't get that comeback. Even if you do, it's not a healthy way to fight in the long term.

    "So I feel mentally better and ready to fight from the get-go instead of having to get knocked down first."

    If Kampmann again beats Condit, he'll retain bragging rights over the former WEC champ and onetime UFC title challenger, whose UFC debut was spoiled by the loss four years ago. But he'll once again be poised to fulfill the dream that's eluded him.

    "Condit's one of the best guys in the welterweight division, so of course, it's a big challenge," he said. "But I feel confident I'll beat him. I beat him before. I don't put too much into the first fight. This is a different fight, but I feel very confident I'll beat him again.

    "I've got five rounds to get the finish, and I feel confident I'll get it."

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    At UFN 27, Condit could revive title hopes by avenging Kampmann loss
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    "A win over Kampmann puts me back in the title mix," Condit told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But first things first: I've got to take care of this guy. Martin is super tough, and he's improved quite a bit since our last fight. I definitely have my hands full."

    Condit dropped St-Pierre and seemed to hurt him in their November fight. But the champ recovered and won a unanimous decision. Condit took Hendricks the distance in March and still thinks in a five-round fight he'd have found a way to beat Hendricks, who faded late.

    The close losses don't sit well with him, and now he's backed into a corner.

    "I have my back up against the wall," Condit said. "Those fights were close in different ways. ... So having victory slip through my fingers like that really gives me some fire to make sure I finish this fight."

    Kampmann also has been on the wrong end of a fight with Hendricks, who stopped him with a left hand 46 seconds into a November fight. A victory vs. Hendricks, which would have been his sixth in eight outings, might have put Kampmann into a title fight with St-Pierre. Instead, he went back with Condit into the contenders pack — a pack one of them can break out of today, when their first fight won't matter anymore.

    "I've gotten better everywhere," Kampmann said. "In my last couple fights, I haven't been prepared mentally. I've been a slow starter who had to get punched way too many times in the face before he started fighting. ... That's not a healthy way to fight in the long term."

    But if he's past those mental blocks against Condit, he thinks he'll have the edge.

    "Condit's one of the best guys in the welterweight division, so of course it's a big challenge," Kampmann said. "I beat him before. I don't put too much (stock) in the first fight. This is a different fight, but I still feel very confident I'll beat him again."

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