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John  “The Natural” Alessio, an Xtreme Couture fighter,  is set to return to the UFC after more than a five-year absense from the world’s largest MMA promotion. Alessio will replace injured Matt Wiman against Mark Bocek on the main card of UFC 145 in Atlanta April 21. The event will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

A 14-year MMA veteran, Alessio has only made three UFC appearances over the course of his career.

At UFC 26 on June 9, 2000, he lost via submission to then-welterweight champion Pat Miletich. Alessio wouldn’t return until almost six years later, when he dropped a close unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC 60. His last octagon appearance saw him lose a unanimous decision to Thiago Alves at UFC The Final Chapter on Oct. 10, 2006.

Alessio is currently riding a three-fight win streak and has been victorious in ten of his last 11 bouts.

For the third main event of the year , the UFC the judges have rendered yet another controversial outcome.  A “unanimous” decision win for Sanchez.

Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez last night was a war plan and simple.  Kampmann destroyed Diego’s face which closely resembled Dr. Hannibal Lecters left overs, but still did not impress the judges with his precision striking, takedown defense throughout the fight.

The fight did earn a $60,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for both fighters.

Kampmann who thought his hand was broke during the fight said this morning  on his twitter “Good news, so my hand is still pretty swollen but doc says it wasn’t broken.”

Below are comments pulled from twitter from our Pro Team here at Xtreme Couture MMA on how they saw the fight.

“Judges scored activity over accomplishment in the kampman fight ! 1st and 3rd to kampman ! Classy performance win or loose . Nice work MK !”
– Randy Couture

 “Brother u me n the whole world had u winning that fight!!”
– Ray Sefo

No one was more disappointed following UFC 121 last October than Martin Kampmann.

Kampmann faced off against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, who was making his UFC debut and needed just one win to earn a title shot against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. However, Kampmann proved to be an incredible challenge for Shields, just barely losing on the judges’ scorecards by split decision.

Yet as imprssive as his performance was, Kampmann took the loss hard, understanding whole-heartedly what a win in that position would have done for him in a welterweight division desperate for contenders. The fact that he completely believes that he could have and should have won that fight made it all the more disappointing.

“I was really disappointed in my performance,” Kampmann told “I didn’t fight the way I should have. I made a lot of mistakes in that fight. I could’ve won the fight. I should’ve won the fight, but I gave the victory away by making stupid mistakes. In the heat of the moment you do stupid things and I wish I could go back and change it and fight a smarter fight because I definitely believe I can beat Jake Shields. No doubt in my mind, I can beat Jake Shields.”

Regardless of his opinion on the Shields fight, Kampmann says that it is now in the past and that he must look forward to the future set before him by the UFC. Right now, the Kampmann’s future involves an intriguing match up with former lightweight top contender Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC on Versus 3.

Sanchez, who has recently disposed of his nickname “Nightmare” and insists he has permanently exiled himself from the 155 lb. division, explained in the media call last week that he has refocused and done away with the negativity in his life. The news does not faze Kampmann, however, as he has been training for the most focused and best Sanchez he could possibly imagine.

“Good for him if he’s refocused,” Kampmann said. “When I train for him, I expect the best Diego Sanchez to show up and that’s what I want. I want the best fight that he can give me. I think he looked really good in his last fight against Paulo Thiago. I think he looked a lot better in that fight than he had earlier, so I think he is definitely back to his old self.”

Kampmann enters this contest on a one-fight losing streak after winning four of his last five contests. Meanwhile, Sanchez’s victory over Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 snapped a two-fight losing streak and has him back to his winning ways.

Still, regardless of each fighter’s last contest, Kampmann is still widely regarded as the better welterweight due to what he has done in the division in recent history. Though he may come into this contest as a favorite, he has never been one to disregard an opponent and ignore the potential threats. The case remains the same when looking at the threats and problems a man like Sanchez can pose in the cage when the Octagon door is closed.

“I think Diego Sanchez is a dangerous opponent. He’s been jumping up and down between welterweight and lightweight, but he fought for the lightweight title and he’s got some wins over some really good, tough welterweights. He’s definitely a real dangerous fight whichever weight division he chooses to fight in, so I think he poses a real threat, and I look forward to the fight. I think a win over him is definitely going to propel me closer to where I want to be and that’s closer to a title shot.”

Sanchez may be undergoing changes, but one thing that has always been constant with him is his exhilarating style of fighting. Just look back on his fight against Clay Guida in 2009 and you will understand exactly what he is all about.

Similarly, Kampmann has never been one to go out looking to grind away at his opponent in hopes of earning a decision. And that is why the Xtreme Couture product is confident that this main event will go above and beyond any expectations.

“I think it’s going to be a great fight. He’s going to fight. He’s not going to just grind out a boring decision. He’s there to fight you and I think that makes good fights. When you have a guy who wants to fight and I want to fight, that’s got the recipe for a good fight. I think it’s going to be action packed.”

Kampmann’s concern for putting on an exciting fight is certainly admirable, especially in the eyes of the fans who want nothing more than a riveting main event on March 3. But a bigger picture awaits him if he should walk away a winner.

Long struggling to break through into the absolute elite group of welterweights, Kampmann is granted an opportunity against Sanchez to catapult himself back into the 170 lb. title mix, which is exactly where he wants to be. But Kampmann is not one to worry about title shots. His focus is, and always has been, on winning fights and letting everything else fall into place.

“That’s totally up to the UFC (to determine) who gets a title shot. Right now my goal is to win my fights and keep winning. I’d like to go undefeated the rest of the year. (If I keep) winning my fights, everything’s going to come by itself.”

“My focus is on winning my fights and putting on good performances, and then the rest will come.”


Through 11 fights in the UFC, Xtreme Couture’s Martin Kampmann has picked up a lot of victories a lot of different ways, but now he’s ready to try out a new one.

As he trained for his fight against Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., this week, Kampmann learned a valuable lesson from his last fight that he wants to carry into this one.

Kampmann lost a razor close decision to current top contender Jake Shields last year. He blames himself for the outcome, and promises it will never happen again.

“I did a lot of mistakes in that fight. I think I could of won it, and it was basically giving it away, through my mistakes. I was trying to hard to submit him and I should have just stuck to punching him in the face instead,” Kampmann told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

He comes from a diverse background learning both kickboxing and grappling. In his early days with the UFC, he was pegged primarily as a striker, but with four submission victories out of his eight wins in the UFC, he’s ready to knock someone out.

“I want to go in there and dictate the pace. I want to punch him in the face every time he tries to get in there, and I want to get back to my old days,” Kampmann said. “I want to get back to knocking people out. I started in boxing and Thai boxing, and I think it’s time to get back to my roots and start beating people up and standing again.”

While he continuously works in all areas of the game, Kampmann loves wrestling and jiu-jitsu, but he believes it’s high time to put his fist in someone’s face and watch them crash to the canvas.

Still, coming into a match-up with a fighter of Diego Sanchez’s abilities, and knowing that he has a diverse wrestling and submission background, Kampmann tells him not to sleep on his own ground game.

“I’ve trained submission wrestling for a long time as well, but I kind of got labeled as a striker when I first got into the UFC, even though I spent a lot of time in submission wrestling as well. For some reason people are underestimating my ground game always, but I think I have a pretty decent ground game,” Kampmann commented.

When the fight is over, he doesn’t seem to care much how he gets his hand raised, as long as it’s his hand being raised. He does admit however that putting someone away on the feet would feel really good right about now.

“I like to win, period,” Kampmann stated. “If Diego’s going to give me submissions, of course I’m going to take it, cause I’m in there to get the win, but I think the fans definitely appreciate knockouts more than submissions, and I don’t have any knockouts in the UFC yet, so I think it’s about time.”

If Kampmann’s strategy comes to fruition, he believes he’ll walk out of Kentucky with a win on his record. One thing he won’t do however is celebrate the way his opponent does.

“I think I’m going to leave the cartwheels to Diego.”

by MMA Weekly –

UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann” official for March 3 in Louisville

The Ultimate Fighting Championships’ Kentucky debut now is official.

As ( first reported this past month and officials today formally announced, “UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann” takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

The Versus-televised event features co-headliners of Diego Sanchez (22-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) vs. Martin Kampmann (17-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Mark Munoz (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. C.B. Dollaway (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

The event’s main card airs live on Versus. It’s the first of four 2011 shows expected to air on the cable station.

“Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann of Xtreme Couture MMA Camp are two fighters who always go for broke, so this should be a great fight,” UFC President Dana White stated. “Both of these guys feel they belong at the top of the welterweight division, and they’ll have a chance to prove it on March 3. The same goes for Munoz and Dolloway. They push the pace and look to finish fights and both want to fight the best middleweights out there. We’re really excited to bring a card like this to Louisville.”

The KFC Yum! Center hosts a variety of sporting and entertainment events and is the primary home of the University of Louisville’s mens and women’s basketball teams. The arena holds up to 22,000 fans, though it’s likely that a smaller seating configuration would be used with a UFC event.

Tickets for the event go on sale next week.

The latest UFC on Versus 2 card now includes:

  • Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Mark Munoz
  • Alexandre Ferreira vs. Rousimar Palhares*
  • Maiquel Falcao vs. Alessio Sakara*
  • Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page*
  • Cyrille Diabate vs. Steve Cantwell*
  • Matt Brown vs. Mark Scanlon*