Discussion in 'UFC' started by Hero Of Time, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Hero Of Time

    Hero Of Time Member

    A pair of pivotal welterweight bouts is in the works for UFC 154.

    UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is expected to defend his title against interim champCarlos Condit at the Nov. 17 event, which is also slated to feature a battle between top contendersJohny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann. UFC President Dana White confirmed the Hendricks-Kampmann matchup following UFC on FX 3 on Friday night.

    The matchups are not yet set in stone, however, as St. Pierre’s recovery from knee surgery could require more time to heal. In the event that St. Pierre is unable to compete, Condit has stated publicly that he would prefer to defend his interim belt against Kampmann, the man who spoiled Condit’s UFC debut and handed Condit his lone loss in his last 14 outings. UFC 154 is expected to air live on pay-per-view from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    St. Pierre (Pictured, file photo), 31, has not lost since suffering a 2007 upset to Matt Serra that cost him the welterweight strap. Since that loss, “Rush” has won nine straight, recapturing his title and successfully defending it against Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn and Jake Shields. St. Pierre was expected to defend his title last October, but an injury postponed his defense until February’s UFC 143. That also was not to be, as the champion tore his ACL in training and was forced to withdraw once more.

    Condit was thrust into the UFC 143 main event on the heels of St. Pierre’s knee injury, outpointing former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz to win the interim welterweight championship. “The Natural Born Killer” has earned five Octagon wins since his hard-fought defeat to Kampmann, topping Diaz,Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim in that span.

    Hendricks, 28, has won eight of his nine bouts in the UFC, with only a 2010 decision loss to Rick Storymarring his professional record. “Bigg Rigg” rebounded from his loss to Story with a trio of victories in 2011, taking a split nod over Mike Pierce between knockouts of Fitch and T.J. Waldburger. Hendricks’ most recent outing came at UFC on Fox 3 last month, when the southpaw edged Josh Koscheck in a split decision.

    Kampmann has also found himself on a roll as of late, posting three straight wins following a pair of contentious decision losses to Jake Shield and Diego Sanchez. “The Hitman” outpointed Story to close out last year and kicked off 2012 with a pair of victories, submitting Thiago Alves with a guillotine choke in March before knocking out Ellenberger one week ago at “The Ultimate Fighter 15” finale.
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Administrator Staff Member

    I was reading about this the other day. Hendricks wasn't happy that Condit was calling Kampmann as he thinks he's next in line. It looks like the undercard will be a a number 1 contender match. I'd expect Rory MacDonald to get in the mix with these guys in 2013.
  3. Hero Of Time

    Hero Of Time Member

    I like Hendricks a lot, hope he gets to fight Koscheck again soonish and beat him up so that he can't complain after about thinking he won. Also hope Georges is back to fighting fit for this, I watch his road to recovery videos and he is looking good which is making me hopeful!
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Administrator Staff Member

    I like Hendricks too. His 10 second knockout of Fitch was enough to get in my good books for a few years at least.
  5. Hero Of Time

    Hero Of Time Member

    Haha yeah, that was great. And the knock out when he got crowned "Happy Beard Man"
  6. Anton

    Anton Moderator Staff Member

    Agree with this. Fitch is up with Koscheck on the list of UFC fighters who bore the shit out me.

    Delighted to see GSP coming back. I think he'll have way to much for Condit to be honest. Especially if Condit puts in a performance like he did against Diaz.
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  7. Kevin

    Kevin Administrator Staff Member

    I think GSP will beat Condit as long as he's fully fit. I actually think that Condit fought an intelligent fight against Diaz. Diaz wins fights by stalking opponents and getting them against the cage and picking them off. He kept circling away from him and returning with good kicks throughout the fight. Not exactly the best fight to watch but if he just stood and brawled with Diaz he would have lost.
  8. Hero Of Time

    Hero Of Time Member

    GSP v Diaz will be a good fight when it inevitably happens
  9. The Ripper

    The Ripper New Member

    Imo the Welterweight is the most exciting division in the UFC, Hendricks could not be fighting a more dangerous opponent than Kampmann (extremely dangerous on the feet and on the ground). I think Condit does deserve to fight GSP and it should be a serious battle. The guys beaten Ellenberger, McDonald, Hardy, Diaz and lost a really close split-decision to Kampmann. Really looking forward to this event, just hope GSP is fully fit after the knee injury and back at his best.
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