Martin Kampmann and Rick Story have a lot in common besides the fact they’re coming off hard-fought decision losses in their last Octagon appearances. Both well-rounded welterweights with a willingness to engage any opponent while standing despite past success on the ground, the two talented fighters will meet in the Octagon this November 19 at UFC 139 in hopes of bouncing back from their recent stumbles and re-establishing themselves as a top contender in the division.
The UFC reported the match-up earlier today through their website.
Five Ounces of Pain spoke to Kampmann who, when asked about the upcoming scrap, responded, “He’s a tough wrestler with a great chin, it should make for a exciting fight.”
Story had a six-fight winning streak snapped in June after taking a fight against Nate Marquardt on short notice only to have Marquardt replaced at the last second by Charlie Brenneman due to abnormally high testosterone levels. Prior to the defeat the 26-year old had racked up victories over Johny Hendricks, Dustin Hazelett, and Nick Osipczak, as well as in an all-out war against Thiago Alves a month before his lackluster showing at UFC Live 4.
“The Hitman” is also on the heels of a disappointing result at a UFC Live event, albeit a defeat he endured in a less-decisive fashion. Kampmann battered Diego Sanchez for the bulk of their bout last March only to have the judges award his opponent the win on the scorecards. Kampmann holds an overall record of 17-5 with thirteen finishes including six submissions and seven TKOs.
UFC 139 is scheduled to take place in San Jose and will feature Rafael dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau, Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman, and Brian Bowles vs. Urijah Faber.
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