It’s been reported that a bout pitting Nate Marquardt vs. Martin Kampmann will likely be the final match added to an already stacked card for UFC 88 in Atlanta. The event takes place September 6th at the Phillips Arena.
Marquardt will be entering this fight after suffering two losses in his last three bouts. He fought for the Middleweight Championship last July at UFC 73 against Anderson Silva. Obviously, Marquardt lost to the “Spider”. Then came Jeremy Horn and a second round submission victory in February. More recently, Marquardt fought Thales Leites in a match many consider controversial. Points were deducted for blows to the back of Leites’ head that some people inside the world of MMA feel were not actually illegal blows. At the end of that fight Marquardt blatantly spiked Leites directly on his head but a warning was not given and points were not deducted. Nate ended up losing via split decision. Needless to say, Marquardt needs to win this fight to stay relevant at the top of the heap at 185lbs.
Martin Kampmann is on a nine-fight winning streak and recently submitted Jorge Rivera at UFC 85. He has been plagued with a lingering knee injury that kept him out of action for 15 months before his bout with Rivera. With Okami currently sidelined with a hand injury, a win now for Kampmann could mean a title shot at 185lb. after Patrick Cote gets his shot at dethroning Silva.
Also on the blockbuster UFC 88 card, Chuck Liddell returns after an eight month hiatus to take on “TUF” season two winner Rashad Evans in the main event. Dan Henderson takes on dangerous newcomer Rousimar Palhares, and Rich Franklin moves up to 205lb. to take on Matt “The Hammer” Hamill.