After looking at his most recent fights, alongside other top contenders in the weight class, it's becoming more evident by the hour that Martin Kampmann is the Nate Diaz of the welterweight division.
He's somewhat underrated, while deserving a title shot by the end of the year.
Kampmann's improbable victories over his past two fights, including a comeback submission of Thiago Alves and a KO victory over Jake Ellenberger after being rocked early, has launched him into the upper echelon of fighters at 170 lbs.
Add in a win over Rick Story at UFC 139 and you have one of the hottest non-champions in the entire organization.
For Kampmann, a kickboxing specialist who has showcased one of the best takedown defenses in the division, a title shot against interim champion Carlos Condit should be the only thing on his mind.
The only problem is that Johny Hendricks stands in the way.
While I respect Hendricks and his recent victories over Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck, Kampmann still seems like the more talented and complete fighter.
Minus Hendricks' left hand, alongside a recent suspension to Nick Diaz, Kampmann seems like the best bet to command the No. 2 spot within the welterweight division.
Of course, I'm setting Georges St-Pierre aside until he can get healthy and properly defend his title.