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Martin Kampmann vs. Ben Saunders Expected for UFC 111 + More Booking News

(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.

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Hulk Smash- January 15, 2010 at 12:34 am
jonathan goulet is totally a freebie for davis, as crap factory mentioned. how is that guy even still in the ufc? oh, right, he's the token french guy from quebec whose name isn't st pierre, since the event will be in montreal. does davis know that a victory against goulet isn't worth the greasy paper bag his poutine will be served in?

ghostboner is right on the money. saunders and johnson, though i gotta give the edge to johnson. too bad it's not happening.

i'm calling it now: if davis, the sort-of-but-not-really-irish-because-he's-from-maine hand grenade loses to kampmann, he's got one more loss in front of him before he gets dropped. since he's a dink.
ghostboner- January 13, 2010 at 11:37 am
@abenormal - You must have meant the new ring girl.

I would rather see Saunders fight Anthony Johnson and Kampmann fight Davis. Saunders and Johnson could fight for the Weight Cut Induced Organ Failure belt. Or the interim Beating Up On People Half My Size Makes Me Awesome belt since Brock is still out.
Crap Factory- January 13, 2010 at 9:39 am
Jonathan Goulet is a gimme fight for Davis.
abenormal- January 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

Levi Jones- January 13, 2010 at 9:15 am
@Häkkiperuna: Randy Couture's clinch is a good replacement for fatherly hugs if you were raised in a single parent home.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- January 13, 2010 at 6:57 am
Saunders has a nice sock-tan.
Mr. Bobo- January 13, 2010 at 6:53 am
wow that is weak. 111 is gonna be packed with people from NY and he turns it down. Pathetic
Richard Tucker- January 13, 2010 at 6:33 am
@ Mr. Bobo:

Baroni turned the fight down. He's taking a longer break to check out different training camps.
Mr. Bobo- January 13, 2010 at 6:21 am
What happened to Davis vs Baroni at 111? I was really looking forward to seeing the NYBA fight live
Häkkiperuna- January 13, 2010 at 6:18 am
Whose clinch would you like to be in?