The Real Reason Swick V Kampman Is For a Shot at GSP

Daniel SadlerCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Linebacker Aaron Kampman #74 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before taking on the Cleveland Browns during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

At UFC 103 two welterweight warriors will go to war for the number one contendership and a guaranteed title shot against seemingly unbeatable welterweight champion Georges St Pierre.

But are Swick or Kampman really contenders?

When anyone thinks of the welterweight division the names that spring to mind are GSP, Hughes, Alves, Serra, Fitch and even Koscheck. There is no mention of Mike Swick or Martin Kampman.

Kampman and Swick have never headlined an event outside Fight Nights and aren't well known to casual fans of the UFC.

Firstly I would like to apoligise about the picture, it is the closest I can get to Martin Kampman or Mike Swick in the gallery.

What I can predict is that the UFC will build them up at 103 to the point where it seems like they might actually pose a slight threat to the champion. But this wont change anything, this will just add to the list of UFC events where a champion has faced off against someone who has no chance of beating them, Silva V Leites is the most recent one.

So what is the reason why one of these two fighters might be able to contend for the biggest prize in the 170 lbs. division? Three letters GSP.

Georges St Pierre has teared through all the competition in the welterweight division in relitively easy fashion, even after the UFC proclaimed each of his opponents are the hardest he has faced yet.

And after GSP dominated Thiago 'The Pitbull' Alves arguably the second best welterweight in the UFC for five rounds, the UFC has run out of competition for the champion and two fighters have been forced into the spotlight to basically be a gap filling fight until the superfight against Anderson Silva materialises.