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Fight Prediction: Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

There’s a lot of speculation as to where the main event of UFC 154 between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit will lead if the champ retains the belt. Will GSP defend his title again, or will he fight Anderson Silva in a super fight that has been years in the making. It’s a question that the co-main fighters Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks are most interested in, as it will decide their fate in the aftermath of 154.

Kampmann has had a stellar year after suffering some disappointing decision losses. He was on the cusp of a title shot until he barely lost to former contender Jake Shields, then he looked to rebound with a controversial win over Diego Sanchez. Luckily he took our three tough opponents after that, defeating Rick Story, then a come from behind win over Thiago Alves, and recently finishing Jake Ellenberger in June. He now looks to earn his fourth straight victory Saturday, but he will need to get through the Division I wrestler with knockout power.

Hendricks has plowed through fighters since entering the WEC, except with a hiccup when facing the formerly mentioned Rick Story. His two biggest wins have come in his last two fights when he took out top AKA fighters Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck. He already has the credentials to fight for the title, but injuries to the champion have left him wayside. A win over Kampman would make it five straight, yet the likelihood of a title shot still depends on the outcome of the champions fight.

The Bottom Line:

Hendricks may stand 13-1, but he has never faced someone quite as dangerous as Kampmann. You can never count the Danish fighter out, and that will prove true here as he finishes Hendricks in the third round when his cardio fails.

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