Martin Kampmann will be dropping to welterweight at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland on January 17 be doing so against UFC newcomer Alexandre Barros.
MMA Junkie was the first to report the possibility of the Denmark native facing off against Barros at Dublin’s O2 Arena, and sources close to Kampmann have confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the match was finalized on Monday afternoon.
Barros is a product of the Gracie Barra fight team in Brazil and is currently riding a nine fight win streak coming into his UFC debut. Barros holds a 13-5 record overall with wins over some of Brazil’s top up and coming talent.
Kampmann is coming off his first loss in the UFC to 185 lbs. contender Nathan Marquardt via first round TKO at UFC 88. The loss was only the second of his overall MMA caeer. Kampmann came into the UFC as a middleweight who cut little to no weight to make 185 lbs. After the loss to Marquardt, Kampmann said he was considering a drop in weight and now it’s been confirmed that he will be fighting at 170 lbs. at UFC 93.
In addition to this clash of welterweights, UFC 93 is set to feature a light heavyweight matchup between Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin in the main event as well as the return of Mauricio Rua as he is set to lock horns with Mark Coleman in a rematch of a controversial bout in PRIDE in 2006.