gets by Johny
on Nov. 17, he believes he’ll deserve a shot at the UFC
welterweight title. Certainly he’ll have a good case for getting
“If I win this fight, I am the No. 1 contender,” Kampmann told the
Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “No doubt. Nobody’s
got the same resume I do in the UFC in the welterweight division.
I’ve beaten the best guys. There’s no other welterweight that’s
coming on the same streak that I have.”
Kampmann has won three straight since dropping controversial
decisions to Jake Shields
Sanchez. This year he has finished both Thiago Alves
“There’s other guys coming up with a bunch of hype behind them, but
really who have they fought? They haven’t fought anybody tough,”
Kampmann said. “They haven’t fought anybody good, but they’re
getting the hype train behind them. Look at the guys I’ve fought
and compare that to anybody in the welterweight division. I’ve
fought some of the best guys in the division.”
Hendricks has too. He’s won four straight, including a knockout of
Fitch and a split decision over Josh
Koscheck. Kampmann is more than familiar with him -- they used
to train together.
“He used to help me out with my wrestling, so I know him pretty
well,” Kampmann said. “I was helping him out with his standup. We
trained together, and I feel I’m the better striker. I’m definitely
much slicker than he is, but he’s improved a lot, just like my
wrestling has improved a lot. I’ve been taking guys down that have
better wrestling credentials than me.”
In Kampmann’s view, Hendricks has the best wrestling resume in the
UFC. He was a two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma St. University,
but he also packs power in his hands.
“I feel definitely I would have the advantage in the standup, but
he’s still got heavy hands that I’ve got to respect and watch out
for,” Kampmann said. “I’m going to stay out of danger. I usually
do, but I usually do get punched a little bit. It’s a fight -- I’m
going to get punched, but I can eat a shot and I can dish it back
Of course, even if Kampmann beats Hendricks, there’s always a
chance he might not get an immediate title shot. Georges St.
Pierre could beat Carlos
Condit at UFC 154 and put the division on hold to fight
Silva, or Condit could beat St. Pierre and set up a rematch.
Regardless, Kampmann has a plan to get himself a crack at the
“I want to put it in my own hands,” he said, “and the way I’m going
to put it in my own hands is by knocking out Johny Hendricks.”
Listen to the
full interview (beginning at 1:01:00).
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