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UFC 121 Press Conference Notes: Kampmann Not Guaranteed Title Shot if He Beats Shields and There is Movement in MMA in New York


(They were polar opposites with hearts of gold and a weakness for terrible chest tattoos.)

If you didn’t catch today’s UFC 121 press conference, you didn’t miss a whole hell of a lot more than the usual answers to the usual questions, but there were a few interesting tidbits revealed by UFC president Dana White including that he will be travelling to New York tomorrow to discuss some movement in the sanctioning of MMA in the hold-out state and the fact that he considered giving Jake Shields a title shot in his first UFC fight based on his record and accomplishments outside the Octagon.

Reflecting off of another, "Do you see MMA in the Olympics in the future?" question he was lobbed at the presser, White explained that things in New York are "moving faster than [he] could have imagined" and that he will be meeting with some unnamed individuals in that regard on Thursday.


When asked if by default, since he has stated that Shields will be next in line at the winner of the UFC 124 tilt between welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck, if Kampmann will earn the title shot if he beats the UFC newcomer and former Strikeforce middleweight kingpin, White was non-committal, and chose instead to explain why Shields could have been facing St-Pierre now if the timing was right. What was ironic was that the Baldfather’s main benchmark for Shields being deserving of the title berth was the fact that he beat Dan Henderson — a fighter he didn’t see the value in re-signing.

Besides that, the theme for the day seemed to be apologies.

Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, (who says he did enjoy shooting the Primetime show and will keep the beard for the inquiring minds who want to know) talked about how much he loves Canadians and Mexicans in spite of comments he has made to the contrary and Tito Ortiz proclaimed his admiration and respect for his squishy-headed deaf ex-student Matt Hamill.

I wonder if it was coincidence that Dana had just finished explaining the importance of fighters doing PR and of maintaining a positive image in the media for good of the sport and the company.

I’m guessing telling a reporter that you’re going to "fuck them up worse than they’ve ever been fucked up before," or that you plan on kneeing them "in the balls," if you ever meet them don’t follow the guidelines of that tenet.

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rearnakedchickenchoke- October 21, 2010 at 7:17 am
@ Mike me me me me, I'm dumb and hating :-)

I just don't see how "value in re-signing" is the right focus vs quality of opponent. Just saying. Albeit like a dick. My apologies.
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm
^ So theres no need for me to sacrifice my balls?, dont tell Ben, I'll see if I can get that airfare out of him anyways,
I still reckon we should all line up and tell Kongo to fuck off, matter of fact I'm surprised he hasn't got his fuck off papers from Dana yet, shouldn't be long. And when we're lined up doing the fuck off Kongo we have to have our sacks out, you know, as a statement.
And I've just realised that we could then all do the "Fuck off Kongo Conga line"

Da da da dah hey, da da da dah hey( all shake sacks at the dirty french fucker) da da da dah hey, da da da dah hey, and around the room one more time!!
Kimbos Bread- October 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm
Why is everyone so overwrought about Kongo's reaction to BG's report? Who gives a rats ass about what Kongo thinks of CP? Or anything else for that matter?

Somebody needs to remind Kongo that he needs us more than we need him. In fact, we don't need him at all.
frndlylion- October 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm
@FBF I appreciate your offer of sacrifice. Even with a cup that wouldnt be fun

Baseball players call it "ringing the bell"
which rhymes with "hell"
and thats what it hurts like. o.0

I think if Kampman beats Shields who deserves a title shot then Kampman should then deserve that shot. Either one will give GSP a better fight than douchecheck.
Mike Russell- October 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm
 @rearnakedchicken. Stop reading into something that isn't there. I didn't say he didn't see the value in Hendo. I said he didn't se the the value in re-signing him. I'm as big of a Dan Henderson fan as anyone. Now who's dumb and hating?
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm
^ yeah come on boys, show of CP solidarity all us married dudes, dudes with kids already, dudes who've already had a vasectomy, we will line up in front of Kongo an he will buckle and run in the face of our united front of CP strength.
We will not be bullied or stood over, and if it means BG has to live his life as a eunuch to make the point, then so be it
rearnakedchickenchoke- October 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm
No mention of Dana definitively saying that "time won't tell - Chuck is not fighting again" (Tito or anyone)?
El Famous Burrito- October 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Any married guys here that aren't using their nuts anyway?
rearnakedchickenchoke- October 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm
@ Flashinleather - that's exactly the point. The comment in the article seems pretty dumb really (like hating). Despite his price tag (which is 1/2 of what makes up "value"), Hendo had given Silva the biggest challenge of all the contenders and the UFC was looking to set up the rematch before negotiations fell apart. Sheilds beat him in a weight class higher than he's fighting in now. I'd say he deserves the shot as much as anyone else. Although I do think Kampmann deserves it on merit as well if he beats Shields.
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm
^ Yeah BG your on your own with Dana fucken you in the ass, but I put my hand up for any punishment Arrianny might give me, you know something like fondlin her ass for 24 hours straight so I can accurately report that it is indeed a sweet sweet ass.

And the balls aren't exactly expendable, but I figure I might as well take it rather than some poor bastartd who hasn't had kids yet, and I'm getting a special cup made, its made from a mixture of Kevlar and molybdenum, even Kongo's knees wont get through that
Videodrome_NOW- October 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm
@Fatbelly.
Way to sacrifice your nuts for the team, however, it makes me sad to hear that you find them(your balls) to be expendable at this point.
Maybe just donate one to Ben in case he loses his. Someone also might need to donate him an arsehole as well once Dana's done fuckin him.
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm
@Fried taco, yup, cause you know whats comin once he grabs your shorts, Fucken french assholes detonating a nuclear weapon on yer nuts, and as soon as I've crumpled in a moaning sobbing heap from said nuclear explosion into my nuts, the honour of the Potato nation will be restored, (BG, you better be standing by with a heap of ice packs for my nads).

I have elected to take a hit for the team because I've already got three kids and I had a vasectomy about 4 years ago
FlashinLeather- October 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Dana did see value in hendo, just not for the price that hendo wanted...
Fried Taco- October 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm
@fatbellyfrank - you just want Cup Cheick Kongo to grab your shorts.
BONGTAR- October 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm
FUCK Kongo. Fuckin chicken legged loser. Dude is a fuckin disappointment. All big and shit and cant fuckin hang. Not even a gatekeeper. Fuck that guy. In 2-3 years he wont be fighting at all. Or in a shitty gym where a fat Mexican wobbles him and then catches a lucky punch from an old UFC fighter. Asshole.
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm
OK, this has gone far enough, one of us Potato Warriors is gonna have to Cowboy up and take a knee in the balls from Kongo, I'd do it but I cant afford the airfare, BG you pay the airfares and I'll look after Kongo
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm
No fucker's gonna carry on with that first shit on this thread
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