Martin Kampmann understands the importance of his upcoming bout with Johny Hendricks.
On the same November 17 card from Montreal, the unified UFC welterweight title will be decided when Georges St-Pierre collides with Carlos Condit.
While some believe Nick Diaz will return from his suspension and move right into a title shot, Kampmann and Hendricks feel as though they are fighting for that No. 1 spot. The two will comprise the co-main event at UFC 154.
“If I win this fight, I am the No. 1 contender; no doubt,” said Kampmann, during a recent interview with Sherdog Radio. “Nobody’s got the same resume I do in the UFC in the welterweight division. I’ve beaten the best guys. There’s no other welterweight that’s coming on the same streak that I have.”
Kampmann has earned three consecutive victories, topping Rick Story, Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger. “The Hitman” also owns a win over Condit prior to his recent run.
I want to put it in my own hands. And the way I’m going to put it in my own hands is by knocking out Johny Hendricks.
A win over an equally-hot Hendricks would likely keep Kampmann in the discussion for a potential shot at the GSP-Condit winner regardless of the Diaz situation.
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