Stop this hype train, Marty wants to get off.
A win over the "Horror" and the "Hitman" may find himself back in the 170-pound title chase, which at some point in the very near future, could have him standing across the cage from Nick Diaz. The same Diaz who nearly retired B.J. Penn at UFC 137 last month for his eleventh straight win.
Kampmann was not impressed.
In fact, the Dane claims the Stockton slugger "isn't that good" in an interview with MMA Sucka and that the only thing Diaz excels at is "running his mouth" and "being a punk."
Check it out:
"I personally think Carlos Condit got screwed. Nick Diaz has been pretty good at hyping himself up. To be honest, I don’t think Diaz is that good. Anytime he has fought any good wrestlers he has had problems. I think he’s going to lose badly to GSP. Diaz is good at running his mouth and doing his thing … you know … being a punk. I would love to fight Nick Diaz sooner than later. I would absolutely love to fight him somewhere down the line."
Diaz will fight Georges St. Pierre at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012, in a bit of unfortunate matchmaking for Carlos Condit, who was oh-so-close to getting his hands on the gold before St. Pierre blew out his knee and had to postpone their pending dance.
Or as Kampmann says, "He got screwed."
That's because Diaz, who was the original number one contender for UFC 137 but was removed and re-inserted for reasons too convoluted to explain (click here if you must know), was sent to the front of the line after handling "The Prodigy" in "Sin City."
Whether or not Kampmann will ever get to fight Diaz remains to be seen. He's got a stiff test in San Jose and Diaz will be concentrating on "Rush" for the foreseeable future. After that, it's anyone's guess.
And speaking of guesses, who wants to take a stab at the winner of a "Kampmann vs. Diaz" bout?
Have at it.