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View Poll Results: #1 Contender
Martin Kampmann TKO 3 11.11%
Martin Kampmann Sub 4 14.81%
Martin Kampmann UD 4 14.81%
Johny Hendricks TKO 14 51.85%
Johny Hendricks Sub 0 0%
Johny Hendricks U 2 7.41%
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Who is the #1 Contender? Is the outcome already determined, or will this one unfold before our eyes??

Martin Kampmann has kicks, hands, a solid base and will smash your face in from the clinch. In his last fight we saw him comeback to win after being dropped and bloodied. Many experts think Johnny Hendricks is too one dimensional, but I like his chances. I'm not so sure Kampmann will be able to slow the pace and do his thing. Johny Hendricks won't go away quietly, and has never been stopped in his career. It's hard making a solid pick with the exposure The UFC gives these undercard fighters , but my heart is with Hendricks. FOTY honors in this one, who you got
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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I always find Kampmann fights incredibly hard to predict. It seems like it could either way ever single time he fights.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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I liked the way Johny Hendricks let his hands go in that last fight, your gonna need confidence in the face of knees and elbows.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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Hendricks is overrated, Kampmann will probably win. either UD or SUB.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #5
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Hendricks is overrated, Kampmann will probably win. either UD or SUB.
We shall see!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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MONTREAL -- It's clear from listening to Johny Hendricks that he doesn't exactly treasure his three-and-a-half years spent in the Las Vegas desert. While the time in the gym helped mold him into a welterweight contender, the entirety of the experience was far from pleasant.

It was a time when he'd spend 6-7 hour days in the gym, and come home too exhausted to do anything other than sit on his couch and watch television. On one occasion, when he actually ventured outside in an attempt to meet his neighbors as a southern gentleman might do, he had a door slammed in his face. And then there was the end of his affiliation with Xtreme Couture.

According to him, things began to fell apart as he improved and the gym's other welterweight fighters began to realize he could one day be a future opponent.

For an athlete raised in the wrestling world used to competing against those he trained alongside of, it seemed a bit curious, but Hendricks understood. It soon became clear his time there was up, and even though he'd once been the punching bag of the gym's fighters, Hendricks could take his forward progress with him to his next stop. As it turned out, that was Texas, a place where he is much more comfortable.

At least for a few more days though, he'll occasionally flash back to Las Vegas, when he was training alongside his UFC 154 opponent Martin Kampmann.

"That was a learning curve," he said on Thursday. "I got beat on by everybody. I donít know which one beat me worse, you know what Iím saying? Itís just a learning curve. [Martin] got his good shots in but then at the end, I started getting mine, and that was the most fun part about it. I started developing and once I started getting that taste of development they were like, 'Hey, we might have to fight you one day. We have to sort of start separating our ties.'"

This is where the facts fall into dispute.

Kampmann disagrees with the timeline and rationale. As he recalls it, at the time, Hendricks was competing in the WEC while he was already established in the UFC.

"It was a beneficial training relationship and he helped me with my wrestling, I was helping him with his standup and now weíre fighting each other," Kampmann said.

Hendricks believes that once he reached a certain level, he was "bumped to the back," and that none of the gym's key fighters wanted to train with him, necessitating a move.

Another disagreement stems from their days together on the wrestling mats, with Hendricks, the four-time NCAA All-American, saying he "taught" Kampmann how to wrestle. Not so, says the Danish fighter.

"I think thatís a pretty big overstatement, pushing the issue," he said. "I could wrestle before. He definitely showed me some good moves. Heís a good wrestler, a two-time American champ. Of course I learned some good wrestling from him but I knew how to wrestle before that as well."

While each man has his own version of history, they'll also each have the opportunity to make some new, irrefutable history on Saturday as the winner could go on to become the welterweight division's No. 1 contender. At best, the winner will fight for a belt. At worst, he gets bragging rights.

Both acknowledge that their interactions a few years ago have no bearing on what could happen during UFC 154's co-main event. Kampmann says Hendricks has made leaps forward with his striking, saying he's "gotten a lot slicker and a lot better," while noting the danger of his power, and Hendricks praises Kampmann's technical proficiency.

It's interesting to note that Kampmann has been the betting underdog in six of his last seven fights, and that holds true against his old training partner, likely because of the feeling that Kampmann may not be able to absorb Hendricks' power.

Hendricks certainly plans to put that theory to the test, saying Kampmann's recent durability has some limit.

"Let me hit him one time," he said. "I canít wait to put my left hand right on his chin and letís see where it goes from there. All I want to do is hit him one time. If he handles it, awesome, weíll fight. If he doesnít, guess what? Itís over. Thatís my mind frame right now. I just want to hit him as hard as I can one time and see what happens."

The former punching bag is ready to punch back. Meanwhile, "the Hitman" insists he's ready for whatever may come from, even from an ex-training partner hellbent on proving he's the better man.

"I can eat a good shot and Iíve proved that a lot in my fights," he said. "Of course I donít plan on getting hit but itís a fight. Iím sure Iím going to get hit eventually. I can eat a good shot. Iím not worried and Iíll dish it right back."
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Kampmann seems to get tagged a bit too often, and Hendricks has some crazy power. I can see Kampmann getting sparked.
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Kampmann seems to get tagged a bit too often, and Hendricks has some crazy power. I can see Kampmann getting sparked.
He is generally able to survive, though. He managed to make it through Ellenberger's onslaught, who is one of the hardest hitters at WW. I don't even doubt that he could have fought back from Daley's beating had the fight been allowed to continue.

You can pretty much guarantee that Kampmann will get hurt at least once in all of his fights.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #9
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Kampmann via KO.
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Hendricks is definitely legit. Good fight. Hendricks TKO.
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He is generally able to survive, though. He managed to make it through Ellenberger's onslaught, who is one of the hardest hitters at WW. I don't even doubt that he could have fought back from Daley's beating had the fight been allowed to continue.

You can pretty much guarantee that Kampmann will get hurt at least once in all of his fights.
Might come down to who the ref is and what kind of mood he's in...
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It's been good to watch Hendricks rise. Hope it's a good fight.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:10 AM   #13
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I always find Kampmann fights incredibly hard to predict. It seems like it could either way ever single time he fights.
Very true. He is such a good all rounder that he could win in so many ways but because he isn't really a stand out specialist in any area only he knows how he will approach the fight.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:43 PM   #14
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Leaning toward Hendricks on this one based on his wrestling and power but Kampmann could very well put on a clinic and outstrike him all night long.
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