(Photo courtesy of twitter.com/martinkampmann)
The poor bastard you see in the picture above is UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann, who had to pull out of his UFC 111 fight against Ben Saunders on Tuesday due to a stomach-turning gash over his right eye, which he suffered in training. (Damn, those Xtreme Couture guys need to take it easy with the broken-glass kickboxing matches.) Kampmann hopes to return to the cage in May. Saunders, who’s coming off his first-round knockout of Marcus Davis at UFC 106, will now take on Jake Ellenberger, who’s fresh off his TKO victory over Mike Pyle. In other UFC matchup news…
— According to a report on MMA Weekly, TUF 7 winner/Master Tweeter Amir Sadollah will compete next against undefeated Judo specialist Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 114 (May 29th, Las Vegas). Sadollah is riding back-to-back unanimous decision wins against Phil Baroni and Brad Blackburn; due to injury, Kim hasn’t competed since his decision win over TJ Grant at UFC 100 last July.
—UFC 115 (June 12th, Vancouver) is slated to feature a matchup between perennial lightweight threat Tyson Griffin and 10-0 up-and-comer Evan Dunham, who submitted Efrain Escudero in his last appearance at UFC Fight Night 20. Also on the card, another undefeated young prospect, Rory MacDonald, has agreed to a bout with former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit.
— Finally, wacky-but-deadly middleweight Tom Lawlor has until May 8th to come up with his next mind-blowing cage-entrance, as he’ll be taking on Tim Credeur at UFC 113 in Montreal. Lawlor and Credeur are coming off their first official UFC defeats, suffering decision losses to Aaron Simpson and Nate Quarry, respectively.