New welterweight Martin Kampmann to meet UFC newcomer at UFC 93

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Twenty20Dollars
12/5/08 12:50:33PM
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After a loss to middleweight Nate Marquardt in September at UFC 88, Martin Kampmann will now drop a weight class and make his welterweight debut at UFC 93.

The event takes place Jan. 17 at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland.

With the night's televised, pay-per-view main card already announced, Kampmann will likely fight on the night's preliminary card. And his manager said it'll likely come against a UFC newcomer.

"They haven't (released his opponent)," Ken Pavia of MMAAgents.com told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He is fighting in Ireland definitively, though. There's a couple different guys we're tossing around. They'll be new guys to the UFC."

Kampmann (13-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) debuted in the UFC in 2006 and posted four consecutive victories as a middleweight. The streak, which included a 16-month layoff from March 2007 to June 2008 due to a substantial knee injury, pushed his overall win streak to nine straight wins.

After the knee injury, Kampmann defeated Jorge Rivera at UFC 85, but three months later at UFC 88, he suffered an 82-second TKO drubbing to Marquardt.

MMAjunkie.com reported after the fight that Kampmann was considering a move to welterweight, and earlier this week, fiveouncesofpain.com reported that his 170-pound debut would come at UFC 93.

Although Kampmann was never one of the division's bigger middleweights, the drop to welterweight hasn't been an easy one.

"We did a trial cut to 171 (pounds)," Pavia said. "And (Phil) Baroni helped him. He says, 'Kampmann made it.' I said, 'How did he do?' He goes, 'Oh, man. He was a bitch. He was crying. He never cut (weight) before.' I called Kampmann. I go, 'How did the cut go?' He goes, 'Man, I was a bitch. It was terrible.'"

Although his specific opponent is still being determined, Kampmann, who recently signed a UFC contract extension, is expected to meet a UFC newcomer, likely from the local fight scene in Ireland. After all, the 26-year-old Kampmann isn't committed entirely to 170 pounds and instead sees his upcoming fight as a trial run.

"We're going to rebuild him," Pavia said. "We're changing weight classes. It's a weight he's never fought at before, so we don't want him to jump in against a (Josh) Koscheck or (Jon) Fitch. He's not ready for that, quite frankly. It's his first time at 170 . We're going to see how it goes and see how the weight is. And if it goes well, we'll start climbing the ladder again."
Twenty20Dollars
12/5/08 12:57:22PM
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We can rebuild him. We have the technology
State_Champ
12/5/08 1:09:15PM
Wow. Kampmann should be a beast at 170!
Jackelope
12/5/08 1:19:23PM
I think he fits a lot better in the 170 weight class. Style wise and body type wise. He'll learn how to cut and he'll be a great competitor at 170. I'd like to see him match up with Luigi Fiorivanti provided they both win their next bouts. Both guys are good strikers who need a little bit more development in the other parts of their game. It would be a good fight IMO
Twenty20Dollars
12/5/08 1:43:05PM
I think Luigi would just take down martin and grind out a decision
Wolfenstein
12/5/08 3:13:29PM
"We did a trial cut to 171 (pounds)," Pavia said. "And (Phil) Baroni helped him. He says, 'Kampmann made it.' I said, 'How did he do?' He goes, 'Oh, man. He was a bitch. He was crying. He never cut (weight) before.' I called Kampmann. I go, 'How did the cut go?' He goes, 'Man, I was a bitch. It was terrible.'"

Lol, choice words Phil. I think 170 is a much better weightclass for him, but I wouldn't be surprised if the cut takes a huge toll on him the first few times around.

If it's going to be against a newcomer I would like to see the UFC pick up TJ Grant. Big record with 13-2 and he used to fight at MW as well. Wold be a really good test. I could also see Chris Wilson as a good potential matchup.
Jackelope
12/5/08 3:16:30PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

I think Luigi would just take down martin and grind out a decision



I'd be incredibly surprised if he went that way with it. Luigi always wants to bang on the feet
McBee
12/5/08 3:16:38PM
I am glad he is getting a newbie, their have been a lot of rocky weight drops recently and I would hate to see Kampman get another loss just because of a slow start or a less than perfect performance
prozacnation1978
12/5/08 5:43:09PM
i don't think martin should get a newbie maybe someone who needs a fight like a jared rollins or chris wilson, or euro like paul taylor or kelly
McBee
12/5/08 5:50:02PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i don't think martin should get a newbie maybe someone who needs a fight like a jared rollins or chris wilson, or euro like paul taylor or kelly



good point that would be better not top flight but not a newbie
GrandMaster313
12/5/08 6:43:07PM
I don't like the move. I think he was fine at middleweight. It doesn't matter though he stands about as much chance against GSP as he would Silva........NONE
Sir_Karl
12/5/08 8:22:35PM
After his loss to Marquardt I remember thinking he needs to move down to 170...he's too small for 185.
Cool...he should be exciting at 170.
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