When the UFC first announced well-rounded welterweights Martin Kampmann (19-5) and Jake Ellenberger (27-5) were set to meet the MMA community wondered whether or not a title-shot would be on the line. The organization has since addressed that question and the answer is “yes”.
According to UFC President Dana White, the bout between Kampmann-Ellenberger will determine a top contender to the divisional title currently being worn by Georges St. Pierre. Factoring into the situation as well is interim champion Carlos Condit who not only has history with both challengers but a future in-ring date with GSP as well.
Ellenberger is currently on a six-fight streak including victories over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez and would be a perfect 7-0 had he not run into Condit in his UFC debut, losing a Split Decision to “The Natural Born Killer” a little less than three years ago. Comparably, Kampmann (who beat Condit via Split Decision in 2009) has also emerged with hand raised in consecutive match-ups against Rick Story and Thiago Alves respectively.
Condit and St. Pierre are expected to fight in November meaning the winner of Ellenberger-Kampmann could have an extended layoff in store. However, if GSP’s recently repaired knee does not heal as expected or he suffers a setback, it is likely Condit will instead defend his belt against the winner of their bout.
Ellenberger vs. Kampmann is scheduled to headline the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1 in Las Vegas.
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