Report: Kampmann to Return Against Rivera

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.


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