The UFC has announced the main event for its return to Australia, as welterweights Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann will meet. UFC Sydney: Alves vs. Kampmann will go down on March 3 from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The show is expected to be shown live on FX Network that Friday before due to the time difference.
“Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann are two seasoned mixed martial artists who are sure to go to war in the Octagon,” said Marshall Zelaznik, head of the UFC’s international development. “Both athletes are coming off recent wins and will be looking to continue their streak to climb the welterweight ladder.”
Alves (24-7) topped Papy Abedi at UFC 139, putting himself back on the right path. “The Pitbull” is a former challenger to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and holds wins over the likes of Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck and Chris Lytle.
Kampmann (18-5) stopped Rick Story in his last fight after suffering losses to Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields. “The Hitman” is 9-4 in his UFC career.
Along with Alves-Kampmann, the card will feature the opening round matches in the UFC flyweight tournament, as Demetrious Johnson meets Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez collides with Yasuhiro Urushitani.
“The UFC is thrilled to return to Sydney for its third live event in three years,” Zelaznik said. “It’s going to be a great show.”