SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Martin Kampmann of Denmark leaves the anena after his victory during the UFC On FX welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
It has been rumored for months now, and the UFC finally pulled the trigger on it today. Two welterweights looking for a title shot will meet in Montreal at UFC 154. UFC.com has the news:
The co-main event of UFC 154 on November 17th has been verbally agreed to as top-ranked welterweights Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks and Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann battle it out on the way to a world title shot.
The bout could establish a clear next contender for the welterweight title, with the winner likely earning the right to fight the welterweight king.
Hendricks (13-1) picked up a split decision win over Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 to seemingly earn himself a title shot, but the UFC changed their minds due to interim champ Carlos Condit wanting to wait for a bout with Georges St. Pierre. Hendricks is 8-1 in the UFC and on a four-fight winning streak.
Kampmann (20-5) rebounded from two straight close losses to record three victories over top opponents Rick Story, Thiago Alves, and most recently Jake Ellenberger, which inserted him into the mix. The Danish fighter has picked up performance bonuses in three of his last four fights and is 11-4 in the UFC overall.
The expected main event for the card is the UFC welterweight title unification bout between St. Pierre and Condit.