After much speculation, the UFC has been confirmed that WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will officially be making his Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann as the two will be headlining “UFC Fight Night 18.” Condit was initially scheduled to face Brock Larson at WEC 39 on March 1st, however a right wrist injury forced Larson to withdraw from the bout.
Instead of finding a replacement for Larson, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and the WEC, has decided to promote Condit to the UFC and scrap the bout entirely. There also is heavy speculation that Zuffa has decided to eliminate the WEC’s welterweight division, much like they did with the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions at the beginning of the year.
Condit, considered in many MMA circles as a top ten 170-pounder, looked impressive in his 4thRound knockout of Hiromitsu Miura at WEC 35. He has won eight consecutive bouts, however will be joining one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.
In his first UFC welterweight bout, Kampmann defeated Alexandre Barros via TKO in the 2ndRound at UFC 93 in January.