Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves will both get pretty quick turnarounds from their last fights, as MMAWeekly reports that the two welterweights are set to do battle on a fight card scheduled for March 3 of next year. No other information about the event is available, but it is rumored to be UFC on Fox 3.
Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann got back in the win column last weekend at UFC 139 by defeating Rick Story via split decision. The 29-year-old Dutch striking technician was riding a two-fight losing streak prior to beating Story, having dropped close consecutive bouts to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez. Sporting a record of 18-5, Kampmann made his UFC debut as a middleweight, going 4-1 in the division before dropping to welterweight on the heels of a TKO loss to Nate Marquardt. Since moving to 170lbs., Kampmann has gone 5-3, picking up wins over Carlos Condit, Paulo Thiago, Jacob Volkmann and Story, along with losses to Paul Daley, Shields and Sanchez.
Thiago Alves has been a welterweight mainstay in the UFC since the mid-2000s. After getting off to a bit of a sketchy start, Alves put together a seven-fight winning streak including four consecutive victories over Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck that earned him a shot at Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title. Alves’ decision loss to St-Pierre would kick off the start off another inconsistent stretch, where the Pitbull sandwiched a decision win over John Howard between losses to Jon Fitch and Rick Story. After dropping a decision to Story, Alves returned to form against Papy Abedi, defeating the aggressive Swiss-Congolese newcomer via first-round submission earlier this month at UFC 138.