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Fitch wants winner of Shields v Kampmann

ESPN staff
October 22, 2010
Jon Fitch predicts Jake Shields will beat Martin Kampmann

Jon Fitch has called on the UFC to allow him to fight the winner of Jake Shields v Martin Kampmann, in order to create an undisputed No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.

Shields and Kampmann go head-to-head in UFC 121's co-main event on Saturday, with the winner set to meet the victor of December's title clash between Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck.

Fitch, who has won his last five fights, and 12 of his last 13 overall, has already stated that he would be 'p***** off' if Shields was to get a title shot off the back of one UFC victory. Shields arrives with a 14-fight winning streak, but Kampmann is not considered a top-three opponent by many MMA observers.

As a result Fitch, who also stated he would never fight Koscheck, believes it makes sense to allow him to fight the winner, so that he can prove to president Dana White that he deserves a second crack at the belt.

"I would like to fight the winner of that [Shields v Kampmann] fight," he told ESPN. "The next title shot is going to be four-to-six months after the Koscheck v GSP fight in December. That's a long time for the top guys not to be fighting.

"I myself like to stay busy, so I'd like to fight the winner of that fight. It makes a lot of sense, the fans get to see an extra fight, it's win-win."

Fitch predicts he would be fighting Shields if the UFC granted him his wish, insisting the newcomer will have too much for former middleweight Kampmann.

"I know Jake really well and trained with him for a long time, he's tough, he's legit. He's going to win that fight."

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