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"My goal is to fight for the title -- that's where I want to go. Johny has got some great wins, too, and if I have to fight him to get that shot then that's what we'll do, but of course I'd like to get the fight with Carlos Condit or Georges St. Pierre ... or the winner of that fight. I'm going to need to take a little time off, heal up and go back to Denmark for a little summer vacation. I'm looking forward to that, but I definitely want to fight for the title. That's what I want.... I would love fight Carlos, you know? But, of course, he wants to fight 'GSP' and unify those belts. I don't blame him. I can can completely understand that. If I was in his situation, I would probably want to get that unification bout as well. It all depends on when 'GSP' is going to be ready to fight again -- if he's going to be out a long time, then I think [Carlos] should defend it, but if 'GSP' is going to be ready by the end of the year like most people are saying, then I can see him wanting to wait for that."
-- Martin Kampmann talks about his next move at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale post-fight press conference last night (Fri., June 1, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Hitman" shocked the world by becoming the first man to stop Jake Ellenberger via strikes in 33 professional fights. With the victory, Kampmann halted "The Juggernaut's" six-fight win streak and ran up his own to three. That may not sound all that impressive but those victories came over Rick Story, Thiago Alves and Ellenberger, respectively. If it weren't for a pair of extremely close decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields, Kampmann would be 7-0 at 170-pounds since getting knocked silly by Paul Daley in Sept. 2009. He believes that puts him at the top of the heap and gives him a resume solid enough to garner him a title shot. He'll settle for second best, though, if that's what the powers that be so choose. A number one contender bout against Johny Hendricks doesn't sound half bad, either. It makes sense for the division, too, if Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre are indeed on a collision course. Which would you prefer, Maniacs? Kampmann vs. Hendricks or Kampmann vs. Condit part two?