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Kampmann vs. Sanchez Slotted in For Main Event of March 3 UFC Versus 3 Card


(Someone is coming out of this fight with new war wounds.)

It looks like Diego Sanchez broke his promise and will be staying at welterweight, at least for the time being.

Sanchez will take on Martin Kampmann in the main event on March 3 on the next UFC on Versus card. CagePotato.com was able to confirm the initial report with sources close to the fight who indicated that bout agreements have been received and they are in the process of signing.

Coming off of a decisive unanimous decision victory over Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in October, Sanchez, who alongside Forrest Griffin was one of the two winners of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight, dropped down to lightweight in 2009. After running through the division and securing a title shot against then-champion, BJ Penn, Sanchez was dominated for five rounds by "The Prodigy" before being stopped via a cut at the midway point of the final frame.

After the bout, Sanchez decided that a move up to welterweight would likely be a more expedient route to a second shot at UFC gold considering the lineup forming behind Penn, so he took a tune-up fight against up-and-coming undefeated Brit, John Hathaway. The fight proved to be tougher than Sanchez anticipated as he was handed a loss by "The Hitman" who threw a wrench into his welterweight plans.

Now "The Nightmare" will have to avoid the crosshairs of another "Hitman" looking to climb the welterweight ranks by beating him.


Kampmann, who is coming off of a split decision loss to former Strikeforce middleweight champ and current number two UFC welterweight contender, Jake Shields at UFC 121will hold a decisive advantage if the fight remains on the feet. If it goes to the ground, Sanchez who is a brown belt under Royler Gracie might have a slight edge, but Kampmann’s ground game is very underrated and is very close to, if not at the same level as Diego’s.

The news of this match-up comes as a bit of a surprise considering Kampmann is in a good position to earn a title shot if he can rack up a few more quality "Ws". A win over Sanchez seems like more of a lateral move than a move up a rung in the welterweight division, considering he is 3-3 in his past six fights at 170.

The winner will likely be poised behind perennial contender Jon Fitch for the number three contender slot.

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budsellers- December 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm
wait, arent gsp, koscheck, shields, fitch and condit the current top ranked 170# fighters? you know the 5 guys who have been winning as opposed to losing.

suggesting that either of these "other guys" will get anywhere with a win in this match is laughable. neither of them can actually be any better than tied for 6th or 7th in the division and a loss is what will break the tie as opposed to anything else.

imho, kampmann vs hardy would have made more sense... since carlos does not have a fight right now, perhaps condit vs sanchez would make sense too, but if koscheck wins this weekend, ufc will need a match for shields while gsp decides if he will rematch or move up to 185 and condit vs shields would be outstanding.
stopdrinkingpee- December 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm
The news of this match-up comes as a bit of a surprise considering Kampmann is in a good position to earn a title shot if he can rack up a few more quality "Ws".

Uh, Kampmann just lost. He probably needs at least three wins to earn a title shot, and Sanchez is a big-name opponent. Yeah, Sanchez got upset by Hathaway. GSP lost to Matt Serra. Diego's other losses were to B.J. Penn, Josh Koscheck, and Jon Fitch, all of whom are, you know, pretty good.

Kampmann has lost two of his last four. I think this is a good matchup.
Bill Jackson- December 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm
I actually think Kampmann's striking is way overrated. He never moves his head or makes adjustments. I think this is an even fight, maybe Kampmann just having a slight edge.

And I don't see how CP can see this fight as a surprise. It makes perfect sense. Kampmann is coming off of a loss and Diego is coming off of a big win. Winner gets in the thick of things.
cecils_pupils- December 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm
YES!

YES!

YES!

[proceeds to do cartwheels]
Morningwood- December 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Joe Rogan's like of weed is underrated.
Morningwood- December 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Diego will win with a death stare at the weigh in.
LOKI- December 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Joe Rogan's analysis of Martin Kampmann's ground game is underrated.
Smitty- December 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm
I think Diego will come into this fight VERY prepared, and squeak out a decision. I also think Diego knows his boxing isn't as good as "The Hitmans", and will ground and pound his way to that decision. Lookin forward to watchin it tho.
Austin3210- December 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm
CP, don't turn into Joe Rogan. We already get to hear from him about how "underrated Kampmann's ground game is" every single time Kampmann fights, and multiple times during the fight.

Just stick to letting Joe say "(Insert name here)'s (standup/ground game) is really underrated."

God knows he says it enough for everyone.
RwilsonR- December 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Great fight! I hope Kampmann knocks Diego's delusional ass out.
Fried Taco- December 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm
I spy with my little eye an eye-gina!

Kampmann is going to be relieved to not be fighting a wet blanket! YES!
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