SUNRISE, Fla. – Two welterweights to recently emerge as the No. 3 and No. 4 competitors in the division – who sits where is one for debate – have a final hurdle to clear before getting a title shot.
UFC president Dana White announced Friday that the promotion is targeting a fight between Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (20-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) for UFC 154, possibly as the co-main event to an expected headliner between undisputed champ Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit.
UFC 154 is expected for Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
White made the announcement following "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall," which took place Friday at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) that the welterweight fight represents a contingency plan of sorts in case St-Pierre, who's still recovering from a torn ACL, is unable to fight at the November event.
In any event, the matchup settles a question left in the air by by logjam currently holding up the 170-pound division. Hendricks claimed his top spot by besting Josh Koscheck at "UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller," which brought his current win streak to four. Kampmann, meanwhile, continued a stunning career resurgence with a TKO of Jake Ellenberger at The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.
Both had reasonable claim to meet the winner of the title unification bout planned for November. Hendricks had recently seized upon Condit's recent comment that a fight with Kampmann would be fine if St-Pierre's injury kept him out longer than expected.
But now, the two will fight to determine the No. 1 contender.
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