Martin Kampmann weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Martin Kampmann will return to action after over a year of inactivity due to two separate injuries on a previously injured right knee when he takes on Jorge Rivera at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next overseas event in London this June.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who confirmed the fight with Kampmann’s manager, Ken Pavia. Although bout agreements have not yet been signed, both fighters have verbally agreed to fight.
UFC 85 in June is also expected to feature a light heavyweight dream match between former champion Chuck Liddell and Chute Boxe product Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as the next fight for welterweight contender Marcus Davis, who has won six straight fights inside the confines of the promotion.
Kampmann had won his first three fights in the UFC over Drew McFedries, Crafton Wallace, and Thales Leites respectively before he accepted a showdown against former middleweight champion Rich Franklin last June. Kampmann was forced to pull out of the fight due to the knee injury.
Rivera recently re-energized his rollercoaster career with a surprising upset of Kendall Grove at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January.
At first glance, I’d have to say that Kampmann is the favorite going into this fight. While both he and Rivera are equally dangerous strikers, Kampmann is well-versed in the submissions department and would likely be able to submit Rivera with ease if the fight goes to the ground, as one of Rivera’s downfalls throughout the course of his career has been his lack of jiu-jitsu skills.
News and Notes
- We will have an updated MMA on Tap Top 10 coming up later on today…
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- WEC welterweight contender John Alessio has told The Fight Network that he most likely will not be fighting until February:
World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight contender John Alessio (20-10-0) won’t be lighting up the cage anytime soon, he tells The Fight Network.
“It’ll be early in the new year,” Alessio says. “They have a December show, then I’ll probably be fighting in the show in February.”
The WEC has events tentatively scheduled for Nov. 9 and Dec. 12, and Alessio was told both rosters are already full.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Martin Kampmann recently underwent a successful second surgery on his injured right knee and is planning a return to the Octagon for March or April of next year.
- UFC Wired will begin airing on October 6th. A little description of the show courtesy of the UFC:
UFC WiRED is a hard-hitting one-hour journey back in time featuring some of the greatest bouts ever held in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s infamous Octagon. Each week, host Joe Rogan will give his unique perspective on UFC fights featuring today’s top mixed martial artists, plus fighters from years past.
Sounds like a shorter version of UFC Unleashed.
With Martin Kampmann on the shelf with a knee injury, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin confirmed that he’ll be facing fellow middleweight contender Yushin Okami at UFC 72 in Belfast, Ireland.
From Rich Franklin.com
I spoke with Monte (my manager) Saturday evening and that conversation eluded to the fact that Kampman may be out. Monday,I was told he would be replaced with a top 10 opponent, and Okami was presented as the likely possibility. Later that day we found out Okami signed. From my end, the contract remains the same, and I’m still excited to fight June 16th in Belfast. My camp will make some changes in my training as well as develop a new strategy to approach this fight. However, I was and will continue preparing a fight…not a person.
Martin Kampmann has been forced to withdraw from his June 16th bout with Rich Franklin due to a knee injury suffered while training.
A knee injury suffered during training has forced middleweight contender Martin Kampmann to withdraw from his June 16th bout with Rich Franklin in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A new opponent for Franklin is currently being sought for the UFC 72 main event and will be announced shortly.
Kampmann (15-2) is undefeated in the UFC with victories over Crafton Wallace, Thales Leites, and Drew McFedries. The UFC is currently looking for a replacement and at this point it Yushin Okami seems like a logical choice.
Feel free to comment on who you’d like to see step in for Kampmann at UFC 72.
Sherdog is reporting that Rich Franklin will meet Martin Kampmann in the main event of the UFC’s inaugural event in Ireland on June 16th.
It is also being reported that Dana White will officially announce the contest and the event during tonight’s UFC Fight Night 9 on Spike TV. On top of that, a possible bout between Forrest Griffin and Hector Ramirez is being rumored.
MMA Weekly’s rumor page also has Tyson Griffin vs Clay Guida as a possible matchup for the event as well…
MMAWeekly has obtained the salaries for this past weekend’s UFC 68: The Uprising, held in Columbus, Ohio. As usual, these numbers represent only the actual money given to the fighters, both their salary and win bonuses. It does not include any PPV buy cuts or sponsorships.
UFC 68—- March 3, 2007
Title Match & Main Event Fighters
-Randy Couture: $250,000 (17th fight in UFC; defeated Tim Sylvia)
-Tim Sylvia: $100,000 (11th fight in UFC; lost to Randy Couture)
Main Card Fighters
-Matt Hughes: $150,000 (18th fight in UFC; defeated Chris Lytle)
-Rich Franklin: $42,000 (9th fight in UFC; defeated Jason MacDonald)
-Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $21,000 (9th fight in UFC; lost to Jason Lambert)
-Martin Kampmann: $20,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Drew McFedries)
-Jason Lambert: $18,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral)
-Jason MacDonald: $14,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Rich Franklin)
-Chris Lytle: $10,000 (8th fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hughes)
-Drew McFedries: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Martin Kampmann)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Jon Fitch: $28,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Luigi Fioravanti)
-Matt Hamill: $10,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Rex Holman)
-Luigi Fioravanti: $8,000 (4th fight in UFC; lost to Jon Fitch)
-Jamie Varner: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Gilliam)
-Gleison Tibau: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Dent)
-Rex Holman: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hamill)
-Jason Gilliam: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Jamie Varner)
-Jason Dent: $3,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Gleison Tibau)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $697,000
Here is the official card for UFC 68: The Uprising.
Main Card Bouts:
Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture - UFC Heavyweight Title
Matt Hughes vs. Chris Lytle
Drew McFedries vs. Martin Kampmann
Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald
Renato Sobral vs. Jason Lambert
Rex Holman vs. Matt Hamill
Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Gleison Tibau vs. Jason Dent
Jason Gilliam vs. Jamie Varner
News and Notes
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the octagon at UFC 68 on March 3rd when he faces Jason Lambert. Sobral last appeared in the octagon at UFC 62 when he suffered a devastating knock out loss to the hands of the UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
- Martin Kampmann will be fighting on the upcoming UFC 68 card, his opponent is currently unknown.
- It looks like Matt Lindland will be making his way over to BodogFight to face PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Last night Dana White took part in a special chat for all of the ‘UFC Fight Club’ members. Here is some interesting information that came out of the chat…
Mason: Have you ever considered having a legends type fight on a card, such as Randy vs. Bas Rutten?
Dana White: We always want to put on the fights the fans want to see. I would love to bring Bas back.
rickrock: Would you like to see Wanderlei Silva back in the octagon? Has there been any steps taken to try and sign him?
Dana White: I would love to have Silva in the UFC, it’s always my goal to get the best fighters in the world to fight for us. Hopefully we will see that fight in 2007.
Poundem: Dana, were do you see the UFC in 5 years from now?
Dana White: Poundem, I see us GLOBAL.
tootall2: Do you intend to keep bringing the better - fighters from other organizations, or is there a plan to absorb other organizations, such as Pride - and thanks for bringing excitement back to professional fighting.
Dana White: Totall, it’s my goal to acquire all the best fighters in the world and if things go my way, I will have them all by the end of year.
Poundem: What is your plan for Fedor, or do you have one? Would you like to get him in the UFC?
Dana White: Poundem, I want Fedor and everyone else in the UFC.
DrWu: If you could change one thing about the rules of fighting in the octagon, what would it be and why?
Dana White: I would add knees to the head.
dnkyntz: Could you talk about the rumors regarding Zuffa acquiring Pride?
Dana White: Obviously we are out there acquiring other MMA companies right now and if Pride is for sale, I’m interested.
Raiderbeast:Before leaving tonight, can you tell us if another big Pride fighter will show up in the UFC anytime soon?
Dana White: Count on it!!
For the folks back home, the 5-7 Fisher was going to the relatively big city of Bettendorf, Iowa to train in some sport he called mixed martial arts. He might as well have told them he was going to be the star in a high-wire trapeze act, because that probably got more recognition from mainstream America in 2002.
But fast forward to 2006, and Fisher has not only carved out a niche for himself in MMA, currently the fastest growing sport in the world, but he’s one of the featured fighters on a Spike TV fight card on January 25th and his face is plastered on the event’s poster. So when he visits family in Cashiers, things have changed a bit for him.
“They love it,” said Fisher. “They keep up with it, and when I go back home they say, ‘hey, I saw you on TV the other day,’ and it’s a big deal to them. It’s nice to know that I have fans. Before I made it on TV, I’d go back home and people would say ‘what are you doing now?’ I’d tell them and they’d go ‘Oh jeez,’ and it was kind of a joke until they saw it on TV and they saw that there were real punches and real kicks and now there’s a respect that goes along with it.”
MMAWeekly: UFC Champ Ready for Cro Cop and Couture
News and Notes
- The IFL has confirmed that “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler will participate in a superfight against rising Brazilian star Eduardo Pamplona on the upcoming February 23rd event in Atlanta, Ga.
- The UFC has launched the official site for UFC 67: All or Nothing. It can be found here.
- Last night on ‘Inside the UFC’, Randy “The Natural” Couture sat down with Joe Rogan and announced that he signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC and his first fight will come against UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.
- Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries is scheduled to take place at UFC 68.
- King of the Cage will be coming to Hull, Quebec January 20th with their card dubbed King of the Cage : Freedom Fight.
KOTC: Freedom Fight
Travis Galbraith vs. Craig Brown (205 lbs.)
Mark Bocek vs. Matt Fiordirosa (155 lbs.)
TJ Grant vs. Nick Portieous (170 lbs.)
Barry McDonald vs. Tony Legnaro (155 lbs.)
Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Mickel Alexander (185 lbs.)
Jean Marc Lalonde vs. Brett Portieous (155 lbs.)
Stephane Lamarche vs. Garrett Velroy (170 lbs.)
Nick Denis vs. Shawn Lalonde (145 lbs.)
Wayne Xilon vs. John Cole (250 lbs. challenge fight)
Yan Fortier vs. Allen Harvey (170 lbs.)
Andre Dreosiers vs. Mike Delorne (Heavyweight challenge fight)
Today, Pavia, Ciscone & Associates announced that Mike Pyle has signed a three-fight deal with the newly formed Showtime organization, Elite Xtreme Combat. Pyle’s first fight will come against Ross “The Boss” Ebanez on February 10, 2007.
Also it has been announced that the UFC has re-signed Martin “Hitman” Kampmann and “Irish” Jake O’Brien to three-fight extensions.