At the beginning of September, Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann were slated to square off at UFC 103 to determine the number one contender for Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title. Less then three months later, both men find themselves out of contention, though not at the hands of the other.
Swick had to bow out of his bout with Kampmann, who went on to suffer a first round TKO loss to Swick’s replacement, Paul Daley. Swick followed suit tonight, taking himself out of contention after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Dan Hardy at UFC 105.
“I’m excited , I know you are too,” Hardy exclaimed to the partisan English crowd following his victory.
St. Pierre joined Hardy in the cage and congratulated the Brit for his big victory, and noted that he deserved a shot at the belt.
“Dan already proved that he deserves a shot at the title,” St-Pierre noted.
St-Pierre has been out of action with a groin injury that he suffered in his successful title defense against Thiago Alves at UFC 100. No date or location has been set for the St-Pierre-Hardy fight. Stay tuned to FightLine.com for details on when the bout will take place.