Johny Hendricks was promised the next title shot following his win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3. That was before Martin Kampmann KO’d Jake Ellenberger at The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale. Now, Hendricks will have to fight Kampmann to determine who the UFC’s number one welterweight contender is.
Last week, UFC President Dana White announced that UFC 154’s main event hopes to feature Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit fighting for the unification of the welterweight belt. The event is scheduled to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 17th and will also hopefully feature Johny Hendricks vs Martin Kampmann in a title eliminator.
Hendricks recently told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com that he’s making the best of the situation, taking it all in stride that he’ll have to face Kampmann next, but he can’t help feeling disappointed that he’s not getting the next title shot.
“Of course you’re disappointed,” Hendricks told Helwani. “You get promised a title shot and then something happens and it doesn’t happen. But then again, that’s the nature of this business. There’s always good fights going on, you just have to win each one.”
Currently, there is no guarantee that GSP will be back to full health by November to fight at UFC 154. Kampmann also underwent minor meniscus surgery but told MMA Fighting that he anticipates returning soon. It was also reported in the article that the UFC has not formally offered the fight to Kampmann or Hendricks yet.