UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann will definitely have his hands full on November 17 when he faces Johny Hendricks at UFC 154 for a crack at the divisional gold. However, if he exits the Octagon with a win in tow, Kampmann will have his eye on the evening’s headliner between champion Georges St-Pierre and interim title-holder Carlos Condit given the fact one of the two will serve as his next opponent.
While Kampmann initially felt GSP would definitely be the man to come out on top in the tilt, he recently admitted his opinion has started to change on the matter and he now has a hunch Condit will emerge as the UFC’s new 170-pound king.
“I used to think GSP would probably get a victory by taking him down and grinding out a decision, but now that it’s closer to the fight, I’m starting to lean towards Carlos picking up the upset. I’m not sure why, but I could see Carlos hitting GSP with some crazy knee or a spinning back fist or something crazy, and pull off the upset,” explained Kampmann in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I could see GSP quitting if he gets hurt, if he gets hit with a good shot, but Condit he’s going to keep going, he’s going to be in the fight till the end.”
Though he didn’t hint at it, Kampmann could secretly be hoping Condit defeats St-Pierre for personal reasons. The polished Dane owns a Split Decision win over Condit from 2009, proving he definitely has what it takes to have his hand raised against “The Natural Born Killer.”
Kampmann’s title-shot will be well-deserved if he gets by Hendricks. He holds an overall record of 20-5 with fifteen finishes and consecutive triumphs against Rick Story, Thiago Alves, and Jake Ellenberger.
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