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Humpday Booking Round-Up: Maia-Kim Signed for UFC 148, Kampmann-Ellenberger to Main Event TUF Live Finale

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?

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Fletch the V Stretch- March 22, 2012 at 7:31 am
Too bad Kampman was getting destroyed in his last fight until Alves had a brain fart and went for a take down in a fight he had in the bag. I hope they give Alves another top guy because he looked absolutely great in there beating the shit out of Kampman. Ellenberger will be in trouble for 5 rounds. I disagree Ellenbergers striking is better, it may be more powerful but better???? Nah.
Dagnut- March 22, 2012 at 5:46 am
This will be a class fight ...so has the winner been confirmed as the NO 1 contender? Kapmann is a very good fought IMO..he has made some bad decision in fights but He is constantly improving out So ellenburger has a job on his hands
Me likey- March 22, 2012 at 5:41 am
as much as kampman gets hit i think ellenburger will ko him before he gasses out.
Me likey- March 22, 2012 at 5:40 am
@rngeorgeh how dare you shame glen like that.
MMA Mafia- March 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm
@ rngeorgeh

No, he's not. He's Data aka Short Round. Don't worry dude I make the same mistake all the time too.
Todd M- March 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm
@ MRuss, 'this has all of the makings of a classic style match-up between striker and grappler.' Except in a 'classic' striker vs grappler match the striker usually has great standup, what are Chael Sonnen and Jon Fitch strikers now?
Jaredwaves- March 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm
I think Ellenberger has superior striking, but I'm not sure he'll be able to keep his pace for 5 rounds.
aaronb- March 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm
I think Ellenberger is probably in trouble with this being 5 rounds.
charles- March 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm
touche about Kim's striking. but he's fighting Maia, not Ellenberger. and damnit, I knew I liked Fowlkes better!
Mike Russell- March 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm
His base is in judo but all but one of his stoppage wins came from strikes. Ellenberger is a wrestler, but his striking is now his best asset. Weak commenting, Charles!
charles- March 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm
uh.. who would the "striker" and who would the "grappler" be in Maia/Kim? Maybe I'm lost on the sarcasm, but Maia is BJJ and Kim is predominantly a Judo player. Weak journalism Mike!
rngeorgeh- March 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Isn't that the Asian guy from The Walking Dead?
The_Dead_Cow- March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Kampmann vs Ellenberger sounds like it will be more entertaining. Unless Maia remembers to use his jitz, then ya never know.
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