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UFC 154: Carlos Condit expecting St. Pierre fight, but prefers Kampmann over Hendricks as Plan B

Photo of Carlos Condit by Kelvin Kuo via US PRESSWIRE
Photo of Carlos Condit by Kelvin Kuo via US PRESSWIRE

There can only be one.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contender Johny Hendricks, who is expected to fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, already believes he's "cleared out the 170-pound division" during his four-fight win streak.

Interim division champion Carlos Condit doesn't see it that way.

That's probably why "The Natural Born Killer" would be "more motivated" to fight Kampmann in a rematch from their UFC Fight Night 18 bout in early 2009, when Condit squeaked by "The Hitman" with a split decision win in his Octagon debut.

After the jump, Condit explains to Bleacher Report why Kampmann may be the more worthy opponent.

"The bottom line is that the UFC has not offered me another fight. I haven't been contacted, nor has my management been contacted about fighting anybody else other than Georges St-Pierre. So Georges is the guy I want. And if the UFC wants that fight, I'm content to wait for him to be ready. If it's in November, of course. If it's going to be longer, then I will entertain the idea of taking another fight. As far as I know, Georges' recovery is on track, and he's going to be ready to go November 17. I mean, [Hendricks has] had a good run recently. But his last fight was a pretty close decision with Josh Koscheck. Kampmann, on the other hand, finished Thiago Alves. He knocked out Jake Ellenberger. He's had a stellar run as of late. And it's just a fight that I'd be more motivated for. And I think there would be more hype for the fans. That's just the bottom line."

Of course, none of this matters if reigning division champion Georges St. Pierre can make a November return.

If he does, "Rush" will likely attempt to unify the straps by facing off against Condit in the UFC 154 main event. That means we leave "The City of Saints" with an undisputed champion, as well as a legitimate number one contender.

If St. Pierre isn't ready, well, expect the UFC 154 fight card to undergo some last-minute renovations.

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