Swick or Kampmann Assured Title Shot
- 07-14-2009, 10:08 PM
Swick or Kampmann Assured Title Shot
UFC 103's Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick will, in fact, determine a No. 1 contender for GSP
by Dann Stupp on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:15 pm ET
A UFC 103 welterweight bout between veterans Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Mike Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will, in fact, determine a No. 1 contender to challenge for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's championship belt.
During this past Saturday's, July 11, UFC 100 pay-per-view event, broadcaster Joe Rogan said he was informed by UFC Vice President of Fighter Relations Joe Silva that the Sept. 19 fight could be a No. 1 contender's bout.
Sources close to the fight have since confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) the winner will be assured a title shot.
The date for that title shot has not been determined, though. St-Pierre defeated clear No. 1 contender Thiago Alves via unanimous decision at UFC 100 and injured his groin during the matchup. Unless cleared by a doctor, he's medically suspended until January. And even if cleared, St-Pierre hinted during the UFC 100 post-fight presser that he might take some time off from competition to recover from the injury and a busy schedule.
The time off could also give the UFC some time to market a new contender. St-Pierre has recently defeated the three fighters – Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn and Alves – many considered the most likely to challenge for his title. He beat them all, and he beat them all in convincing fashion, which has left many wondering whether anyone could possibly topple a seemingly unbeatable fighter.
Kampmann and Swick will look to prove they deserve the opportunity.
Kampmann is 2-0 at 170 pounds after making the switch from middleweight following a September 2008 loss to Nate Marquardt. Kampmann was 4-0 in the UFC as a middleweight prior to the loss.
The Xtreme Couture fighter earned a split-decision victory over former WEC champion Carlos Condit earlier this year in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18. That win followed a January TKO victory over Alexandre Barros in Kampmann's welterweight debut.
Swick is currently riding a four-fight winning streak in the welterweight division after compiling a 5-1 mark at 185 pounds. In June the American Kickboxing Academy fighter earned a second-round TKO over Ben Saunders at UFC 99, after which he called out former champ Matt Hughes.
But prior to the fight, Swick told MMAjunkie.com he was simply looking for the biggest fights available.
"I'm going to go in there and try to show that I deserve a big fight in my next fight," said Swick, who found his way into the UFC via the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter." "I definitely think I deserve a big fight."
For the latest on UFC 103, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
With all due respect to The Quick and Kampmann, who has any desire to see this fight? After GSP has thoroughly dismantled three very talented, very legitimate contenders in a row, I personally have no desire to see this fight: neither fighter is top ten, nor do either pose significant threats to GSP.
- 07-15-2009, 05:32 AM
07-15-2009, 07:42 AM
07-15-2009, 09:16 AM
07-15-2009, 09:38 AM
170lbs is a major problem for the UFC. There are no compelling title fights. They need to give GSP a few tuneups at 185 or a few fights at a catchwegiht of 180, maybe a Leben or Terry Martin type.
To keep him at 170 is a friggin waste
07-15-2009, 09:43 AM
Yes, I agree. I saw some moronic comments on Sherdog about how GSP matches up poorly with the entire 185 division; maybe they were unaware he would mass-up prior to fighting. Given GSP's manhandling of a considerably large opponent - Thiago could pass as a MW, if we was taller - I think it is safe to say GSP can impose his will on the MW division given the appropriate time to gain weight. Looking at the MW division, the only poor match-up that I see for GSP is Henderson: Hendo has KO power, is a great wrestler, and is a fairly large MW - aside from that, I see favorable match-ups. In actuality, I think GSP matches up better against Anderson than does Hendo.
07-15-2009, 10:58 AM
I agree on Hendo. GSP would have a hard time with him, and I think would ultimately lose to Silva. However, those 2 are the only ones I think could beat him at 185 right now. He won't fight Nate, and who else is there Maia? Maia's striking is terrible.
I have to admit, I grossly underestimated GSP. He is right now #1 p4p IMO.
07-15-2009, 12:13 PM
07-15-2009, 12:58 PM
I feel bad for the winner of Swick / Kampmann. I don't think either has a prayer against GSP, but I would still find the fight interesting merely because I enjoy watching GSP fight. I say one more welterweight bout, let GSP bulk up to middleweight, and then give him at least 1 mw fight against someone who isn't Silva to let him acclimate. Of course everyone wants to see GSP v. Silva, but give the man some time to adjust.
07-15-2009, 01:05 PM
I know everyone thinks neither fighter would pose any threat to GSP and its most likely true. But I would love to see either guy fight GSP. I enjoy anyone fighting him. And whether people agree or not, both these guys have been busting their asses to get a title shot. Swick especially. His record proves he's a contender. IMO he/both should take one more fight after though. Maybe fight Thiago Al.... something. I don't really remember
Akiyama should move to 170 due to his height. He's naturally 185 so it wouldn't be too hard and this guy could possibly make for an exciting fight with GSP. Anderson is way too big for him.
07-15-2009, 01:32 PM
GSP's future competition is a bit of an enigma. I think it basically necessary to move up in weight, in order for him to find competition. It's one thing if GSP has merely defeated his opponents in his weight class, but in actuality, he has dominated in a "to hell with a rematch" type of way.
Football has the Heisman, Baseball has the Cy Young, I think its time GSP is up for nomination for The Fedor [award]. Again, coming out with a win is one thing, dry humped through the bicycle shorts is another and GSP has once again sent his opponent to an enema clinic to clean up.
NSCA - CSCS
07-15-2009, 01:53 PM
07-15-2009, 02:58 PM
And he is capable of fluke loses.
I say Swick beats GSP via GSP shaving his head the night before and cutting just above his eye and he hits himself when his fist bounces off Swicks face and doctor stopage from all the blood in GSP's eye though Swick is knocked out cold but too late.
07-15-2009, 03:00 PM
07-15-2009, 03:37 PM
no one has said anything about martin......i think he would get worked faster than swick i hate martin.
07-15-2009, 03:42 PM
i don't think that this fight will happen for a while seeing as both would get killed. 170 has no good contenders, gotta give them time to sort themselves out again.
07-15-2009, 04:59 PM
07-15-2009, 05:04 PM
07-15-2009, 05:18 PM
07-15-2009, 06:07 PM
07-15-2009, 06:35 PM
yeah a few months till 103 then they need a few months it wont be till late winter. maybe its AKA's 3rd times the charm haha fitch kos now him...oh wait naw prolly not!
07-15-2009, 06:37 PM
07-16-2009, 02:02 AM
07-16-2009, 12:12 PM
07-16-2009, 12:16 PM
07-16-2009, 12:26 PM
gsp can be suspended up to janurary 2010, but if he gets cleared by a doc before that he is good to go
07-23-2009, 01:21 PM
I just rewatched the kampmann/condit fight and I'm interested to see if kampmann handles the cut better with Swick. Condit's a great fighter but I expected kampmann to look more impressive against him. I kinda scored the fight for Condit with the strikes. Swicks gonna walk right through him if he doesn't figure it out.
07-23-2009, 04:41 PM
yes i scored the fight the same way. im still mad about that fight and swick will run through him. i want pat cote to come back
07-23-2009, 05:11 PM
I want to see Swick knock him out. He better do well with this long awaited opportunity he's getting.
07-23-2009, 08:49 PM
ya id say he odds of beating gsp tho are like 5 to 1 but for the hell of it lets say he won hahah who would he fight a fellow AKA fighter? they would have to give gsp or thiago a shot right away lol. or bring diego or bj back up....ya right hahahaha.
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