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Dana White Undecided On Who Should Get Next Welterweight Title Shot After Koscheck

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It looks like Dana White wasn’t thrilled with Jon Fitch‘s less than enthralling performance in his win over Thiago Alves at UFC 118 last month, since the UFC president has now rescinded an earlier assertion that the winner of the bout would be next in line for a title shot at the winner of December’s Georges St-Pierre-Josh Koscheck showdown.

During an appearance on Comcast Sportsnet Washington’s The MMA Fix, White said the welterweight title picture is a bit murkier than it seemed a few weeks ago, which may be partially a result of Fitch’s conservative stall and brawl tactics he employed to decision Alves.

"I want to wait for Koscheck and St-Perre to happen and we’ll figure out who gets the next shot," White explained noncommittally.  "By then Jake Shields will have fought…Kampmann…you know…we’ll see what happens. A lot of it is timing too."

Martin Kampmann knows all about the kind of timing White is referring to.

He was slated to face Mike Swick at UFC 103 to decide which of them would get the next shot at St-Pierre, but when Paul Daley stepped in to replace and injured Swick, the title shot was pulled off the table. After losing to Daley, "Hitman," who won his first two bouts at 170 prior to his questionable TKO stoppage loss to "Semtex," has had to work his way back up the UFC’s welterweight ladder and has done  in impressive fashion with decisive wins over Jacob Volkmann and Paulo Thiago.

Many argue that one win by Shields in the UFC as a welterweight, regardless of whom it’s over, shouldn’t lead to a title shot for the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, who hasn’t fought at 170 for nearly two years.

Somehow I think we’ll hear who’s next in line after Kampmann and Shields fight at UFC 121 on October 23, rather than after St-Pierre and Koscheck do on December 11 at UFC 124 and I doubt Jon Fitch will like the answer.

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ghostboner- September 10, 2010 at 11:13 am
Dana gets a certain amount of leeway to make matches that people want to see, but at some point he needs to put that shit aside and give the title matches to the people who have unquestionably earned them, boring or not. If Dana wants to act like this is a legitimate sport, he is going to have to start making legitimate matches, at least when titles are concerned. You don't see NFL teams in the Super Bowl just because "People want to see this team more. That other team, the one that won all season, is boring. They just used their superior running game."
rophelius- September 10, 2010 at 10:59 am
Thank you for this well written article. It means a lot to see grown-up language in this type of coverage.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- September 8, 2010 at 11:59 am
@ BuckWild

same guys fighting the same guys... That's the problem in the LW division. Rua, Machida, Evans, Jackson... can we give some new blood a chance? I think Bader's record of 11-0 (4-0 UFC) should get him a shot relatively soon, and hopefully Jon Jones as well with his 9-1 (3-1 UFC), with his only loss being a DQ.
Shane Darwin- September 8, 2010 at 11:56 am
lol @ Kimbos Bread
Patrick- September 8, 2010 at 8:22 am
@ Kimbos Bread uh....damn.
It's just that...fuck it, nevermind...
Kimbos Bread- September 8, 2010 at 6:38 am
What the f#ck does Dana care who gets the next fight? Joe Silva sets the matches.
agentsmith- September 8, 2010 at 5:34 am
@ Justin WHEB:

GSP actually strikes and attempts submissions on his opponents. Not as much as we'd like lately, but he does. He made multiple sub attempts on Hardy... when was the last time Fitch even attempted any kind of submission?

For example, look at the Fightmetric stats for each of their fights against Thiago Alves: GSP had 149 strikes and 1 sub attempt, while Fitch had only 70 strikes and 0 sub attempts.
Justin WHEB- September 8, 2010 at 4:59 am
How is Fitch any more boring than GSP?
BuckWild- September 8, 2010 at 3:24 am
I think it will be Sheilds if he wins.. Its no different than whats going on at middle weight with Vitor coming in and taking one fight first. I think. Dana is probably thinking about the fact that Sheilds is new contender blood in the UFC. How many times are we going to see the same guys fight the same guys?
Patrick- September 8, 2010 at 12:19 am
Kampmann vs GSP would be a flawless reenactment of Hardy vs GSP.

Shields vs GSP would probably look an awful lot like Fitch vs GSP did, with GSP stuffing all take down attempts and pounding his face in.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- September 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm
I hope the Hitman Puts a hurtin on Shields and gets that title shot
SumDumGuy- September 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm
Kampmann destroyed Volkmann and then choked him out...
Shifty-Eyed Dog- September 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm
I'd love to see White force Kos and Fitch to fight. Maybe Fitch will move up, but he'll make him actually DO it, rather than just be all talk about not fighting Kos.

Honestly though, I don't care who gets the next shot - Kampmann, Fitch, whoever - as long as it is NOT Jake Shields.... seriously, make this guy EARN it like everyone else. And that means more than 1 UFC win.
agentsmith- September 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm
@ jgrant:

Correction, GSP vs Kampmann would be different, Shields would be almost exactly the same as Fitch. In fact, Fitch would probably be an even more competitive fight for GSP, it's just that we've already seen it. Shields is pretty much the same skillset as Fitch, there's no real reason to think he has anything to threaten GSP with, but we haven't seen it yet so it's kinda new and different but not really... like banging your wife's twin sister.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm
I second that, i could easily see kampmann winning against sheilds if he can force him to stand up and not be "snuggled" by him (thnks jason miller). However, even if kampmann wins i could also see DW not giving him a shot immediatley after since hes still kinda working his way back up, whereas jake sheilds is already marketable being the former strikeforce champ and is pretty much supposed to beat kampmann. If kampmann wins i bet he'll be fighting fitch for the title shot.
danomite- September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm
I guess the prediction I made (immediately after he made the statement i will have you know) that DW would not be giving Fitch the next title shot has officially come true. Thank you DW for making me feel like a genius. All hail Danomite the Magnificent!

Here's another prediction for you: Kampmann will beat Shields and it won't be a decision either. Kampmann will then get to fight GSP and I will get to see my two favorite welterweights do "the man dance."
Almost North- September 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Whoever gets the shot I can guarantee one thing. There will be wrestling. Lots and lots of wrestling.
Crackity Bones- September 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Fitch vs. GSP made for a very good fight, actually. St. Pierre actually worked the stand up and Fitch was tough enough to hang in while taking a massive beating. GSP vs. Koscheck was a worse fight in my opinion. Course, that doesn't mean the rematches of those fights would be the same, but I don't think a Shields/GSP or Shields/Koscheck matchup is any better than Fitch/GSP.
Shrigs- September 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Koscheck winning isn't a bad thing from a business stand point. People will pay to watch him lose, and he's generally not in boring fights.

That said, Fitch should sit on the sidelines for a bit longer, I'd rather see the Kampmann/Shields winner be the #1 contender, and then do Fitch vs the winner of Condit/Hardy or something, and if he wins that then give him his shot.

Or he could just go up to MW. Just do it Jon, for all of us.
Bob Reilly- September 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm
What do you mean "IF" GSP wins?
Karma Elite- September 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Except that Fitch has said before that he'll move up to Middleweight if Koscheck beats GSP.
RwilsonR- September 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Even though Dana doesn't want to lose his money-making machine, GSP, I think he is secretly hoping that Koscheck will win just so that he can force Kos and Fitch to fight each other.
jgrant- September 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Kampmann vs Shields should be the title eliminator no matter what. Either of those guys vs GSP would produce a much different fight than if Fitch climbed in again.