- UFC 154
Kampmann to fight GSP & Condit on same night
Martin Kampmann is prepared to fight three opponents on Saturday night, insisting he will "take Johny Hendricks' head off" before beating up Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit.
The co-main event sees Denmark's Kampmann fight Hendricks in a bout that will propel the winner in the direction of a future title shot. That encounter comes right before fellow welterweights St-Pierre and Condit battle to be named undisputed champion.
ESPN caught up with Kampmann on Thursday to ask him if he will demand a title shot against the winner of GSP v Condit, once he beats Hendricks at UFC 154. But Kampmann says he will take a more direct approach.
"I'll stay in the Octagon and wait for the two other guys to come in and beat both of them up afterwards," the Dane told ESPN.
The likelihood is that the winner of Kampmann v Hendricks will have to wait for their title crack, particularly if St-Pierre beats Condit. That scenario would likely see GSP meet middleweight champion Anderson Silva, so Kampmann plans to cut to the chase.
"There's a lot of buts and ifs [surrounding future title shots]. I just focus on beating Johny. That's my No. 1 priority, and then I've got a three-man fight afterwards."
Kampmann and Hendricks used to train together, so both men know each other fairly well ahead of their Montreal battle. The Hitman respects what Hendricks has to offer, but he is convinced it will be his own arm that gets raised on Saturday.
"It's a huge fight, I've trained hard for this fight, I've busted my ass in the gym every day, and it's all to get closer to a title shot. A win over Johny Hendricks is hopefully going to do that for me," Kampmann said.
"We don't talk anymore but when he was in Vegas we hung out and trained together. When we fight it's not a problem, we're here to take each other's heads off.
"He's got great takedowns. But if he does take me down I feel confident. I've got submissions up my sleeve and I feel confident I can get back to my feet too.
"Johny has great wrestling, he has some of the best pedigree in the UFC, plus he's got really heavy hands. But I'm sure I'll get that victory."