Martin Kampmann has quite the vested interest in the main event of UFC 154 in Montreal.
Of course first, Kampmann has to get past Johny Hendricks in the co-main event of the evening, but if he secures a victory, he's likely to face the winner of the night's headline fight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit.
Kampmann has been hunting for a title shot for several years, and with one more win it appears he will finally get that chance.
In the grand scheme of things, Kampmann doesn't care who he would face for the belt, so long as the UFC welterweight title is on the line, but if he's a betting man, one fighter is currently edging ahead for his pick in the main event.
“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,” Kampmann told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Leading up to this fight, St-Pierre has talked a lot about hearing the criticisms of his past performances, playing it safe, and going to decisions. He's vowed to change that starting with his upcoming fight against Condit.
Kampmann isn't exactly sold on that idea, however.
“I think GSP might be saying that, but I think he's still going to try to make it a wrestling fight,” said Kampmann.
On the other side of the coin, Kampmann is very familiar with Condit, having handed him his only loss inside the UFC Octagon since he moved over from the WEC.
Kampmann believes that Condit has the perfect storm of explosive strikes and “never say die” attitude that could carry him to victory over St-Pierre. Especially if the fight ends up in the trenches, Kampmann knows Condit can't be drowned in deep waters, but he's not so sure St-Pierre can swim nearly as well.
“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,” Kampmann stated.
“That's why I'm starting to lean more towards him.”
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