Monday, September 01, 2008

UFC 88: Kampmann Eyeing Marquadt, Title

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Martin Kampmann had his career going in the perfect direction when he started in the Ultimate Fighting Championship by submitting Crafton Wallace, decisioning Thales Leites, and putting Drew McFedries to sleep.

He was perhaps one fight away from a title shot when he was scheduled to fight Rich Franklin back at UFC 72 in Belfast. Unfortunately, he had to pull out of that fight due to a severe knee injury and had to sit out for the next 16 months.

During that time, the middleweight division had been mostly cleaned out of sturdy contenders. Current middleweight champion Anderson Silva had decimated Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin for the second time, and Dan Henderson.

Kampmann returned to action against Jorge Rivera at UFC 85. The Denmark native defeated the tough veteran by submission in the very first round. Now picking up where he left off, he will have his chance to climb back up the middleweight ladder, taking on the No. 8 middleweight in the world, Nate Marquardt, on Sept. 6 at UFC 88 in Atlanta.

“I'm very excited,” said Kampmann about his upcoming fight. “I'm training hard and I can't wait to get in there.”

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