In a little more than two months MMA fans will be treated to a rare sight when UFC 154 plays host to both a title-fight and bout for top contendership attached to the same division. However, in the case of the respective rumbles between Georges St-Pierre/Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks/Martin Kampmann, there’s a chance the two winners won’t actually face each other if St-Pierre successfully defends his welterweight strap.
Talk of St-Pierre’s follow-up fight involving middleweight king Anderson Silva has picked up steam in recent weeks, including UFC President Dana White even saying the match is likely if “Rush” retains his belt at the November 17 show. While that may be great for fans, Kampmann or Hendricks will ultimately be left out in the cold instead of getting a crack at UFC gold if St-Pierre opts to try and solve Silva.
“I don’t know why GSP is so anxious to get knocked out by Anderson Silva. If he wants to get knocked out, he can just take a fight with me,” said Kampmann on the matter in an interview with Bleacher Report.
“I’m doing GSP a favor because I’m beating all the tough guys in the division. He should be sending me thank-you letters,” Kampmann added, hinting at recent a recent win over Jake Ellenberger and potential victory against Hendricks.
Whether Kampmann’s self-professed act of kindness is enough to sway St-Pierre’s opinion remains to be seen, though certainly his in-ring credentials should be enough to earn him status as a legitimate threat. The 20-5 Dane has finished fifteen of the opponents he’s beaten and owns past wins over the likes of Condit, Thales Leites, Paulo Thiago, Rick Story, and Thiago Alves.
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