(Ben Saunders’s clinch: Not where you want to be. Photo courtesy of ESPN.)
According to MMA Weekly, welterweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Ben Saunders have agreed to meet at UFC 111 (March 27th, Newark). Both fighters recently bounced back to the win column after suffering knockouts in previous fights: Kampmann scored a first-round submission over Jacob Volkmann earlier this month after getting smoked by Paul Daley at UFC 103, while Saunders is coming off his first-round knockout of Marcus Davis at UFC 106, after being on the wrong end of a TKO against Mike Swick in June. UFC 111 will be headlined by the championship doubleheader of Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy and Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin. In other UFC fight-booking news…
— Speaking of Marcus Davis, the Irish Hand Grenade will look to snap his two-fight losing streak at UFC 113 (May 1st, Montreal) against Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet, who returns to the Octagon for the first time since his 33-second knockout loss to Mike Swick at Fight for the Troops in December 2008.
— Also reported for UFC 113: Patrick Cote is slated to take on Alan Belcher in a middleweight contest, 19 months after Cote blew out his knee against Anderson Silva, and five months after Belcher beat up Wilson Gouveia at UFC 107. Fresh off his dominant win over Joe Lauzon, Sam Stout is expected to be part of the Montreal card in a match with Jeremy Stephens.
— TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub will be getting another chance to prove himself at UFC Fight Night 21 (March 21st, Denver) against Chase Gormley. Gormley suffered the first loss of his career during his Octagon debut at UFC 104, where he was submitted via triangle choke by Stefan Struve.