St-Pierre vs Condit: Next Steps for Main, Co-Main Event Winners and Losers
Almost exactly 24 hours after the beginning of UFC 154, fans and pundits and tweeters and everyone else have sliced, diced and flambeed every storyline and cranny of data from here to the day after Christmas.
What was I going to say? Oh, right, I just wanted to emphasize how different and innovative this list is.
Here's a fresh batch of suggestions for what I think the next steps could be for the winners and losers of the main and co-main events from Saturday night in Montreal. Though UFC 154 might not have been the MMA world's largest script deviation, things are certainly a whole lot clearer this Sunday.
It only took 46 seconds for Martin Kampmann to fall under Johny Hendricks' ruthless left hand. Personally, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for Hendricks to announce the name of his left hand. I vote for Daisy.
In the meantime, Kampmann needs, at least theoretically, a new opponent. As it happens, so does fellow UFC 154 loser Carlos Condit. And to make things even crazier, guess who the last person before Saturday to defeat Condit was? Go ahead, guess. You'll never guess.
It was Martin Kampmann. I smell a rematch.
After KO'ing Kampmann, Johny Hendricks is the bona fide, mark-it-in-stone top contender in the welterweight division. He may have to wait a while for his title shot, though.
If he doesn't feel like waiting, Jake Ellenberger has actually hinted he would stake his career on a shot at Hendricks. Whoa. Hard to turn that down. But on the other hand, you don't get all the way to the castle and then take a dip in the moat. Hendricks will wait for his chance at the belt.
Mentioned this before. Give Carlos Condit that rematch with Kampmann. Two super-dynamic strikers with a combined 21 knockout wins between them. Yes. I would watch that fight.
He could take the Hendricks fight. But the more I think about it, the more it seems the stars are aligning for that superfight with Anderson Silva. If I had to guess, I'd say GSP pulls the trigger and we see this fight on July 4 weekend in 2013 from Cowboys Stadium.