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01-06-2011, 01:05 PM
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| | Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann Set for UFC on Versus 3 Main Event
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann Set for UFC on Versus 3 Main Event -- MMA Fighting
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann Set for UFC on Versus 3 Main Event |
1/06/2011 2:56 PM ET By Ray Hui
The UFC will make its Kentucky debut with UFC on Versus 3 on March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, the promotion announced Thursday.
The main and co-main events, respectively, will feature fringe top 10 UFC welterweights Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann and middleweight wrestlers Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway.
Sanchez (24-4) returned to welterweight at UFC 114 this year only to lose to prospect John Hathaway, seemingly eliminating any hope of a future title shot for himself. However, Sanchez bounced back in October with a dominant win over Paulo Thiago at UFC 121.
"I want to fight the toughest guys out there to prove to the UFC and the fans that I'm ready for another title shot," Sanchez said. "I want the opportunity to show everyone what I can do when I am training the right way and focused."
Kampmann (17-4), who defeated Jacob Volkmann and Thiago in 2010, was selected to welcome former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields into the UFC. Although Kampmann suffered a loss to the No. 2 welterweight, the setback was a split decision and one in which Kampmann came out looking the better of the two.
"It's an honor being in the main event," said Kampmann, who trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. "I've never been to Kentucky before and I'm looking forward to beating up Diego Sanchez in Louisville and showing everybody what the UFC is all about."
Dollaway (11-2) is quietly riding a three-fight win streak over Jay Silva, Goran Reljic and Joe Doerksen. As a notable wrestler out of Arizona State University, he'll look to defend his school's honor against Munoz (9-2), who in November defeated former ASU coach and All-American Aaron Simpson at UFC 123.
Below is the current confirmed lineup.
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann
Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page
Alessio Sakara vs. Maiquel Falcao
Thiago Tavares vs. Shane Roller
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
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01-06-2011, 07:16 PM
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anybody know when tickets to this event go on sale? i live a couple hours away from louisville and have never been to an mma event live (i've been holding out on a ufc event) so this is my time! it does suck because the venue (freedom hall) is definitely big enough to hold a pay per view, but hopefully that means tickets won't cost as much since it's scheduled to be on versus.
as for the main event...i can not fucking wait. this is a great fight for the welterweight division. both men are coming off great fights. diego just beat a game paulo thiago and kampann (who in my opinion screwed himself) is coming off that hard-fought fight w/ shields. kampann is definitely going to be looking for a win and i can only assume after his last fight, the only diego is back for good. this has all the makings to be fight of the year to be honest. both men are game as hell, both have tough chins, both are very skillful on the ground, and both have an iron will.
with that said, if i had to give one man an advantage, it would be sanchez with his cardio. it seemed like kampann (and shields too) gassed out in his last fight, but martin isn't a stupid guy by any means so i'm sure conditioning will play a major role in his training this go around, especially against someone who's as relentless as diego. i'm a big fan of both and hate to see either one of them take a loss, but i'm going to have to go w/ sanchez via split or possibly unanimous decision.
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