Martin Kampmann vs. Ben Saunders – March 27th

Posted: January 14, 2010 by neschwartz in Martin Kampmann
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by MMA Junkie

The UFC’s return to New Jersey is quickly taking shape, and a welterweight matchup is the latest confirmed addition to the March 27 event, UFC 111.

Season strikers Martin Kampmann (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Ben Saunders (8-1-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

News of the fight was first reported by MMAWeekly.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the proposed matchup with sources close to the fight.

Featuring both a welterweight and interim heavyweight title fight, UFC 111 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card airs live on pay-per-view.

Kampmann looks to build on the momentum of a UFC 108 win over Jacob Volkmann earlier this month. Though best known for his striking, Kampmann earned the win by submission, the sixth such victory of his career.

The result was much-needed for Kampmann, who had lost an important matchup with Paul Daley this past September. The Danish striker currently stands at 3-1 in the UFC’s 170-pound division, a mark he’s built following a 4-1 run in the middleweight division.

Meanwhile, Saunders also bounced back from a recent loss with an impressive victory.

After dropping a June 2009 bout to Mike Swick, the American Top Team product responded back with a devastating knockout win over Marcus Davis at UFC 106 in November. The win was undoubtedly the highest-profile victory for “Killa B” to date. With additional wins over Brandon Wolff, Ryan Thomas and Daniel Barrera, Saunders has won four of his five career UFC outings.

The winner of the matchup of seasoned strikers will likely take a big step forward in the UFC’s talent-rich welterweight division.

While UFC 111 is quickly filling with intriguing matchups, the bout between the two high-profile fighters with fan-friendly styles appears destined for the main card.

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