Johny Hendricks lost his welterweight title shot when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) decided to pencil in reigning division champion Georges St. Pierre for a UFC 154 main event against Interim straphanger Carlos Condit in an attempt to unify the 170-pound titles.
Now, someone has to pay.
That someone could end up being Martin Kampmann, who's expected to face off against "Bigg Rigg" in the UFC 154 co-main event, tentatively scheduled for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 17, 2012. The better man will reportedly move on to face the winner of "St. Pierre vs. Condit" in early 2013.
So, what about that title shot?
Hendricks tells MMA Fighting he's "disappointed" to lose his crack at the crown, but won't be sitting around to complain about it. Instead, he'll find a way to win his upcoming fight and take all the guesswork out of finding the next title contender.
Those comments, after the jump.
"I feel like I fought the best guys at 170 in our division and I've won, but it looks like I have to get through one more person, and that's just the way it goes. You can either sit here and complain about it or you can sit there and do your best to win it. Of course you're disappointed. You get promised a title shot and then something happens and it doesn't happen. But then again, that's the nature of this business. There's always good fights going on, you just have to win each one ... He's had some good fights. He's lost rounds but ends up winning. That's who Kampmann is. You have to go in there and finish him. My next goal is to do that."
Hendricks (13-1) rose to the top of the division with back-to-back wins over former number one title contenders Jon Fitch (UFC 141) and Josh Koscheck (UFC on FOX 3). His only defeat was a close unanimous decision loss to Rick Story at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 Finale in late 2010.
As for Kampmann (20-5), he's riding three consecutive wins of his own, including the aforementioned Story as well as two straight finishes over Thiago Alves (UFC on FX 2) and Jake Ellenberger (TUF 15 Finale). "The Hitman" was losing both fights before pulling off a miraculous comeback finish.
Early predictions on this 170-pound slugfest?
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