Randy Couture Thinks Martin Kampmann is 'Close' to Deserving a Title Shot

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Martin Kampmann (20-5) is inching towards a shot at the welterweight championship according to Randy Couture (19-11), who is also his head trainer.

"I think Kampmann's last win puts him real close to No. 1 contender status in that division," said Couture. "Between him and Johny Hendricks, you're probably looking at the next title shot after we settle the dispute between [Carlos] Condit and Georges [St-Pierre]."

In the UFC Kampmann is 10-4 since his debut in 2006. He bounced back from a two fight losing streak and has won all three of his last fights.

While Couture doesn't think Kampmann has won many rounds lately, he always manages to pull off the victory.

"He just continues to move up," said Couture. "I'm not sure that he's won a round in the last three fights, but certainly won the last three fights in a very convincing fashion. I think Martin, in a lot of ways, is the perfect example of it's not always whether you win or lose; it's important how you compete and Martin has been in some amazingly competitive fights."

Kampmann and Hendricks are expected to fight in a title eliminator at UFC 154 on November 17.

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