Carlos Condit proved his status as a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division, finishing off Martin Kampmann and avenging a 2009 split decision loss.

The main event of UFC Fight Night 27 belonged to Kampmann early, as “The Hitman” scored several perfectly-executed takedowns.

However, after that first five minutes, it was all Condit. “The Natural Born Killer” delivered big kicks and even more effective strikes, bloodying Kampmann before finishing him in the fourth round.

“Martin is a very well-rounded fighter and can take the fight wherever he wants,” Condit said. “We knew it would make it a grappling match, but I wanted to try to avoid that. I picked him apart with my strikes.”

Condit gave all the credit to his training partners and coaches, saying, “I come from a great camp. This is really a team effort,” paying respect to Greg Jackson and Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico.

Back in ’09 in his Octagon debut, Condit was handed a split-decision loss to Kampmann. It was Condit, though, that went on to wear UFC gold, becoming the interim champion while Georges St-Pierre was sidelined.

As for next, Condit didn’t ignore the possibility of jumping back into title contention.

“There are a lot of intriguing matches,” he said. “I would like to get a title shot (again). We’ll see what happens.”