The UFC announced a pair of interesting newly signed welterweight match-ups today.
First, Zuffa announced via UFC.com that a barnburner main event between 170-pound contenders Martin Kampmann (19-5) and Jake Ellenberger (27-5) will cap off “The Ultimate Fighter Live” finale June 1 on FX. Both fighters are known for their heavy hands and solid chins, but Kampmann may hold a slight edge on the ground.
The 29-year-old Danish fighter has seven submission victories on his resume, accounting for 29 percent of his 74 percent finishing rate and has never tapped out in the cage. Ellenberger has only five submission wins in 32 fights, which adds up to 16 percent of his 52 percent rate of stoppage. Regardless of stats, the bout should be an entertaining one.
Second, at the UFC 149 presser in Calgary, UFC president Dana White revealed that former number one middleweight contender Demian Maia (15-4) will make his welterweight debut July 7 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas against Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1).
Hopefully the weight cut doesn’t sap Demian of his strength and energy, because this has all of the makings of a classic style match-up between striker and grappler.
Which match-up do you like better, Potato Nation?