Martin Kampmann vs Johny Hendricks: Is Kampmann a Future UFC Champion?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIINovember 17, 2012

Nov 16, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Martin Kampmann during the weigh-in for UFC 154 at New City Gas.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Kampmann has been proving his critics wrong for the last little while. I myself was once a doubter of Kampmann. I have made that mistake for the last time.

I didn't think Kampmann could beat Thiago Alves. Deep into the third round, I believed I was right. But "Hitman" is never out of a fight and proved it to me right then and there by submitting Alves with a Hail Mary choke.

Next up was the heavy hitter Jake Ellenberger. I thought for sure that Kampmann was going to get knocked into next week. But again I was proved wrong, and Kampmann walked away with an ultra impressive stoppage victory.

Kampmann is an interesting case for a potential UFC champion. He certainly has the will and the ability to be a champion. His skill set is incredibly well-rounded and effective.

He would present a challenge for any fighter in the current welterweight division. He even has a win over current interim champion Carlos Condit. He is the only fighter in the UFC that has that unique honour.

One thing Kampmann would need to work on if he were to become a champion is to cut down the amount of damage he takes in his fights. It would be very hard as a champion to come back from a massive amount of damage every fight.

But it has been done before. Just look at Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3. Kampmann has all the tools to become a champion, plus he has a wealth of experience. If he beats Johny Hendricks tonight, Kampmann may be only a fight away from UFC gold.

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