ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cibola High graduate Carlos Condit isn’t the only locally trained fighter on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 27 card in Indianapolis.
In fact, this week is as busy as it gets for the top fighters at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA gym.
Even before heavyweight Frank Mir and featherweight Clay Guida take part in Saturday’s UFC 164 pay-per-view card in Milwaukee, four other Jackson-Winkejohn fighters will enter the octagon tonight.
TheJournal will preview Mir’s and Guida’s fights later in the week. Here’s a look at tonight’s four fights that feature locally trained fighters in Indianapolis:
CARLOS CONDIT: “The Natural Born Killer” has a lot riding on his rematch with Martin “Hitman” Kampmann in tonight’s main event (as was also covered in Tuesday’s Journal).
Not only did Kampmann (20-6) win a decision over Condit (28-7) in 2009, but Condit is coming off back-to-back losses. While those unanimous-decision losses were to the top two ranked fighters in UFC’s welterweight division (champion Georges St-Pierre and No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks), a third straight loss likely won’t keep Condit at main-event status.
“We’re looking for a little redemption,” coach Greg Jackson said. “I think Carlos is a lot better than he was the first time he fought Martin, but I think Martin has improved, as well.”
Said Condit: “I wouldn’t want to be fighting me right now.”
DONALD “COWBOY” CERRONE: Cerrone (20-5) is the No. 6-ranked UFC lightweight and fights No. 10 Rafael dos Anjos (19-6) in the card’s co-main event.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know much about Rafael dos Anjos and have never seen him fight,” Cerrone said. “He is in the Top 10 in the UFC for a reason, so I’m sure he’s very dangerous.”
ERIC “GOYITO” PEREZ: The 23-year-old is on an eight-fight win streak, including his past three in UFC fights. Perez (13-4), considered a rising star in the sport, fights Takeya Mizugaki (17-7-2) and is hoping this fight further propels him up the rankings.
“We’re not in a place where we’re going to start calling people out,” Mike Valle, Perez’s coach at Jackson-Winkeljohn, said. “He’s developing as a fighter. We’ll see how this fight goes and how he does against a skilled fighter like this. And we’ll see how he reacts to this and go from there.”
BUBBA “THE MENACE” MCDANIEL: McDaniel (21-6) has won seven straight fights and faces a very skilled and successful fighter in Brad Tavares (10-1).
“I expect him to come out and try to beat me all the way up,” McDaniel said. “He is smart enough to know I’m coming to do the same.”