Martin Kampmann vs Johny Hendricks: Why Hendricks Deserves the Next Title Shot

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIINovember 18, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Johny Hendricks reacts after knocking out Martin Kampmann (not pictured) during first round action of their Welterweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

That thud you heard in your homes last night was the sound of Martin Kampmann's head smacking the canvas during his bout at UFC 154. The cause to the effect? A left hand from Johny Hendricks.

The fight was widely believed as a title eliminator contest, but with the return of Nick Diaz on the horizon as well as a potential superfight between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, the UFC welterweight division may be put on hold once again.

Twitterland lit up with Diaz's tweet of not being impressed with GSP's performance and instantly brought back the GSP-Diaz talk. The talk of the superfight between GSP and Silva also picked up steam in the past few weeks, as "The Spider" seems to want to fight GSP (per in his next bout.

Fans and media members need to put on the brakes when discussing any fight with GSP that doesn't involve Hendricks.

"Big Rig" has more than earned his title shot, especially after his performance at UFC 154. He's won five straight fights and two of his last three have been huge, shocking knockouts. GSP couldn't finish Fitch over the course of five rounds despite beating him within an inch of his career. Hendricks needed just one punch.

The fight against Kampmann is also very telling of Hendricks' talents. All fans need to do is check out Kampmann's last string of fights to see how the Danish kickboxer was rocked numerous times only to survive.

There would be no survival from Kampmann at UFC 154, as Hendricks turned off the lights with a single punch just 46 seconds into their contest.

Fans have seen Hendricks' knockout ability in recent fights, but don't forget what his bread and butter is. He's a two-time national champion at Oklahoma State and one of the most powerful wrestlers in the UFC.

Am I saying Hendricks is the guy to take out GSP? Not at all. GSP is without a doubt still the odds-on favorite every time he steps into the Octagon.

But based on his skill set and performances, Hendricks has more than earned his chance at facing St-Pierre.