Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago Likely For Vancouver's UFC 115

According to an article appearing on the Las Vegas Sun's website, a UFC welterweight contenders' match between Brazil's Paulo Thiago (13-1; WW #5) and Denmark's Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann (16-3; WW #10) is likely to appear on the quickly-filling UFC 115 card in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event is strongly rumoured to be scheduled for June 12th in GM Place.

Reports early last week that came out suggesting the event was in jeopardy now seem to have been largely unfounded as the UFC has not flinched from continuing to fill the rapidly approaching card.

The fight itself is nothing short of drool-inducing. It pits a high-level striker with underrated grappling, in Kampmann, against a well-known grappler with ever-improving strikes, in Paulo Thiago. I refer to the latter as Paulo "Braz-Cop" due to his conspicuous side-job as an elite tactical forces operative tasked with combating Brazil's illicit drug trade. Of course, this is an obvious homage to Mirko "Cro-Cop, who earned his cage name by performing similar duties in his native Croatia.

But I digress, the real issue here is that Thiago vs. Kampmann is an extremely well-matched fight, especially given that, despite the fact that each is coming off of a decisive victory, both desperately need another win to stay near the top of the crowded heap at 170lbs.

Complete Rumoured Card:

Possible Main Event:
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Main Card:

Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham
Pat Barry vs. Mirko Filipovic
Gilbert Yvel vs. Ben Rothwell

Under Card:

James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta
Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox

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