UFC 154 co-main event competitor Martin Kampmann isn't shy about giving his opinion on the show's headliner between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit.
In a recent interview, Kampmann said he can see GSP giving up in the fight. This stems mostly from the fact the champ is coming off a serious knee injury that kept him sidelined for several months. But, according to Kampmann, history has shown us that GSP will fall if you break his will.
His evidence: St-Pierre's 2007 loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69.
"If GSP gets hurt, I can see him quit," Kampmann told Fight Hub TV. "[Like] against Matt Serra, he got hurt, he quit."
In the fight, St-Pierre suffered the second loss and only technical knockout of his career. He would eventually avenge the loss, giving Serra a TKO of his own at UFC 83 the following year.
Kampmann added that he doesn't see Condit doing the same thing on fight night. Condit won't quit, he said, and he believes he'll get the next shot at UFC gold.
"I've already [earned] my title shot," Kampmann proclaimed. "Beating Johny Hendricks is just going to put a stamp on it."
Although the thought of St-Pierre willingly giving up in a fight seems far off by most pundits, the champ admittedly lost some drive in previous years.
At the UFC 154 pre-fight news conference, GSP said he regained a fire that he was missing in recent training camps and fights. Long travel distances for training and constant interruptions from things outside of the cage made the champ lose motivation.
"I was tired and wanted to get to the end right away," St-Pierre said at Wednesday's press event.
But now GSP says the drive is back -- much like he is from the knee injury -- and he's looking to be the No. 1 welterweight in the world again. If he gets passed Condit on Saturday night, and Kampmann tops Hendricks, there's a strong chance the two will meet next.
At that point, Kampmann will see first-hand just how quickly GSP is willing to give up the gold.
"Carlos Condit doesn't have the real belt; GSP has the real belt," he said. "I want the real belt."
Erik Fontanez is an MMA writer and reporter for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez
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