Kampmann vs. Hendricks: What We Learned from UFC 154's Co-Main Event

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Kampmann vs. Hendricks: What We Learned from UFC 154's Co-Main Event
Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

At UFC 154, the title unification fight between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit was not the only welterweight bout on the card. The co-main event of the evening saw the division's No. 3 and No. 4 fighters square off in hopes of scoring an elusive title shot.

Johny Hendricks entered the fight with the momentum of victories over Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck behind him. Similarly, Kampmann finished Jake Ellenberger and Thiago Alves to earn this opportunity.

Only 46 seconds into the bout, Hendricks had emerged victorious. Missing a right hook opened up Kampmann to an enormous straight left hand that knocked him unconscious before his body collapsed to the canvas.

 

What we'll remember about this fight

The knockout.

Anytime a fighter gets knocked out in violent fashion, it's what sticks in the forefront of your brain. When it happens in the first 60 seconds, it's the only thing you remember.

 

What we learned about Johny Hendricks

His powerful knockout over Jon Fitch was not a fluke. This shuts down any argument that he doesn't deserve his place in the rankings. If this is the only thing we learned about Hendricks, that's okay. It's the only thing we needed to know.

 

 

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What we learned about Martin Kampmann

Not much. There wasn't a feeling out process in this fight, and with only 46 seconds of action, we didn't have time to learn anything new about Kampmann. He's been knocked out before, but never like this.

 

What's next for Johny Hendricks

Georges St-Pierre. There is no question that Hendricks has earned his spot after such a vicious knockout. He wins fights against top contenders as if he isn't even trying. With two huge KOs against top 5 fighters in less than one minute combined, Hendricks has earned his title shot.

If GSP fights Anderson Silva, Hendricks might choose to sit on the sidelines. Assuming he doesn't, a bout with Jake Ellenberger or Nick Diaz would keep him active and be important within the division.

 

What's next for Martin Kampmann

It's back to the drawing board for the Dane. It's possible that Carlos Condit will look to avenge a previous loss by going after The Hitman, but that feels like a long shot. A more realistic bout for Kampmann would come against someone like Erick Silva, who is also coming off of a tough loss.

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