Saturday, January 17, 2009

Kampmann Shines in Welterweight Debut; Hathaway Triumphant in UFC Debut

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The welterweight division welcomed a new threat at UFC 93.

Martin Kampmann took care of business after a slow start to his debut at 170 pounds, as he stopped Brazilian Alexandre Barros on second-round strikes in preliminary action at UFC 93 “Franklin vs. Henderson” on Saturday at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Kampmann (14-2) -- after he recovered from a low blow in the first round -- worked from the clinch early in round two and wound up in top position after the two men hit the mat during a scramble. The 26-year-old Dane peppered Barros with punches, transitioned to full mount and finished him from behind 3:07 into the second period.

Based out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, Kampmann has posted 10 wins in 11 fights, losing only to elite middleweight contender Nate Marquardt. The 32-year-old Barros (13-6), meanwhile, had won nine in a row entering the bout but left the Octagon empty handed, having tasted his first defeat since June 2004.

Unbeaten John Hathaway, another UFC debutant, fared far better.

Despite the hopes of his fellow Irishmen, Thomas Egan was overmatched against Hathaway, as he succumbed to elbow strikes 4:36 into the opening round. The 20-year-old Dublin, Ireland, native fought valiantly to stay on his feet, but he was taken down twice by his undefeated counterpart.

Once the battle reached the ground a second time, Hathaway (10-0) moved to side mount. Egan (3-1) then surrendered his back, and subsequent elbows to the head prompted the stoppage, as referee Marc Goddard had no choice but to intervene.

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