While Anderson Silva is busy putting rocks in his shoes to make weight for Brock, the welterweight division was all sorted out with a #1 contender’s match ready to go at UFC 103 between Martin Kampmann and Mike Swick. Kampmann is 2-0 at welterweight after suffering his only career loss to a resurgent Nate Marquardt, and Swick has a 9-1 record in the UFC, losing only to the gypsy cursed Yushin Okami. Regardless of their actual chance against GSP, the winner of the Kampmann / Swick fight was promised a title shot by Dana White.
I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion.
However – and I know my boss is going to love this – Kampmann will now be facing Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley instead. While this news removes the certainty of this fight determining GSP’s next opponent, it should make for an exciting match between two badass strikers, and a win for Daley would immediately propel him to the upper echelon of the division until some grappler inevitably sends him right back down.
Kampmann beat Condit, who I think would either tap Semtex like Shields did or decision him like Thompson – thus, I have Kampmann winning this and either cruising into a title shot or facing, say, the winner of an imaginary Hughes/Johnson fight for #1 contendership (remember, GSP is laid up until next year so there’s time to figure this out). But stranger things have happened, and Semtex could easily earn the right to get his ass kicked by Jon Fitch or something.