Jake Shields expected to get next welterweight title shot with UFC 121 win over Martin Kampmann


Sorry Mr. Fitch, but it looks like UFC President Dana White has some big plans for Jake Shields -- assuming the former Strikeforce middleweight champion can get past Martin Kampmann at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 in Anaheim.

Those plans include a welterweight title fight against the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck, who are set to do battle on Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

White brought word of the tentative plans during today's UFC 124 press conference in Montreal:

"If Jake Shields wins against Martin Kampmann, it'll probably be him next."

And if "The Hitman" wins? Well, that remains to be seen.

Shields' last bout was an upset win over Dan Henderson under the Strikeforce banner in Nashville last April.

"Hendo" had Shields on wobbly legs early in the first round, but the Cesar Gracie disciple was able to neutralize "Dangerous" Dan for the remaining four rounds with his suffocating wrestling, earning the unanimous decision victory.

Following the CBS televised bout, the UFC made him an offer he couldn't refuse and Shields opted to pursue bigger and better opportunities inside the Octagon.

In addition to the Kampmann vs. Shields co-main event, Brock Lesnar headlines his fourth straight UFC pay-per-view as he defends his heavyweight title against unbeaten Cain Velasquez.

Also on the card, former light heavyweight title holder Tito Ortiz looks to interrupt the four-fight winning streak of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.

UFC 121 takes place on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

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