UFC on Versus 3 suspensions: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann out indefinitely

By Jesse Holland

The Dream” is required to have his left orbital bone cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon before returning to action (click here to see why) while “The Hitman” must get clearance from an orthopedic doctor (right hand) prior to re-entering the Octagon.

But that’s not all

Here is the complete list of UFC on Versus 3 injuries and their medical instructions:

Todd Brown: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

Thiago Tavares: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

C.B. Dollaway: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

Martin Kampmann: Suspended indefinitely unless right hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor.

Diego Sanchez: Suspended indefinitely unless left orbital bone cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon.


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Tavares KO loss, wants to stay in the UFC: “I always give my best”

By Guilherme Cruz

The lightweight Thiago Tavares was doing fine on his bout with Shane Roller, on UFC on Versus 3, but a punch ruined it all. After almost knocking Roller out on the first round, Thiago was dominating the round until he was knocked out by the American. “I was doing fine on the fight, I was fast. I was defending myself all times, he hasn’t punched me once… I don’t have anything to say”, regrets the fighter, on a phone chat with TATAME.

With the loss, the professional record of the Brazilian on Ultimate is now of four losses in ten fights, besides five wins and a draw, and the overcrowding of his weight class, with WEC fusion, made thinks even harder. “They haven’t told me anything about me being cut off. I dominated the fight, punched him and almost knocked him out on the first round, but I didn’t take my chance… Well, I think it’s the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life: I was completely focus for this fight, doing well, concentrated, dominating the fight, and I lost because of one punch”, comments, upset.


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ESPN Poll Results: Majority of people think Diego’s fight was “crazy” not courageous.

By MMAjunkie.com

UFC welterweight contender Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) may be crazy, but he made it to ESPN.

The self-billed “worldwide leader in sports” addresses the occasional MMA topic, and Sanchez’s thrilling win over Martin Kampmann (17-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) at Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 event was notable enough to feature prominently on the all-sports channel.

On Friday’s edition of “SportsNation,” the daily fan-driven program hosted a poll entitled “Bloody Beatdown” asked a simple question: Was Sanchez’s performance courageous or crazy. The results were mixed but leaned towards the insane end of the spectrum.

In total, 55 percent of the response labeled Sanchez’s bloody victory, in which he was dropped in the first round and continually battered and bruised for the final two – yet still earned a unanimous-decision win – as crazy.

“SportsNation” host Michelle Beadle suggested that it takes a little bit of crazy for anyone to step in the cage.


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Three medical suspensions for UFC on Versus 3, main event still pending

By MMAjunkie.com

Three competitors were suspended following this past Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3, though it’s highly likely another two will be added to that list: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.

The welterweight pair delivered a “Fight of the Year” candidate for a three-round brawl that left both bloodied and battered. Sanchez, in particular, took a tremendous amount of damage en route to a controversial unanimous decision.

Angela Robertson, Board Administrator for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority, which oversaw last night’s event, said medical suspensions are not yet available for the headlining fight because the on-site doctor is conducting a follow-up examination on both Sanchez and Kampmann.

UFC on Versus 3 took place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and its main card aired live on Versus. Additionally, two preliminary card bouts streamed live on Facebook. The event drew a reported 8,319 fans for a $471,450 take at the box office.

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UPDATE: Martin Kampmann’s hand is not broken.

Diego Sanchez “feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war”

By Dann Stupp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Say what you want about his controversial decision victory; Diego Sanchez said he proved he’s got plenty of heart.

In the headliner of Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 event at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) bested Martin Kampmann (17-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on points in a three-round slugfest.

“I’m feeling the pure ecstasy of having a war,” Sanchez said after the Versus-televised fight.

“I showed them once again that I’ve got a lot of heart and that I’m going to drop my balls in there,” he said. “I’m going to give the fans what they want to see. That’s the bottom line. That was my 20th fight here in the UFC octagon (including his championship run on ‘The Ultimate Fighter 1,’ and what a way to showcase my 20th fight than with a good war? I got the [win], and that’s what matters.”

Sanchez, who discussed a ground-oriented game plan in nearly every pre-fight interview, failed in all but one takedown attempt. Most, in fact, were clearly telegraphed and easily snuffed out. Additionally, Kampmann picked him apart with expert footwork and counter-strikes in a bloody first round.

Despite Sanchez’s gritty performance, which included fighting for more than two rounds with a busted lip, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) scored the fight 29-28 for Kampmann. And based on the chorus of boos that followed the official outcome (Sanchez via scores of 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards), most of the fans did, too.


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UFC Live 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann – Quick Results

Event: UFC on Versus: Sanchez vs Kampmann
Date: March 3rd, 2011
Location: KFC Yum! Center, Lousiville, Kentucky

Event Bonuses $400,000 awarded:
Fight of the night: Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann – $160k each.
Submission of the night: Brian Bowles $40k.
KO of the night: Shane Roller $40k.

Attendance: 8,319 with a gate of $471,450

Main Card on Versus

Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Mark Munoz def. C.B Dolloway via TKO  0:54 Rd1
Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via Submission (Guillotine) 3:30 Rd1

Prelims Facebook
Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (30-27,25,26)
Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)

Prelims Non-Televised
Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via KO (Punch) 1:28 Rd1
Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuban Duran via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (Strikes) 4:47 Rd2
Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via Submission (Heel Hook) 1:44 Rd2
Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO 5:00 Rd1

Admin Note: Martin Kampmann won the fight, but was then robbed by the judges.

Diego Sanchez feels like a new fighter entering bout with Martin Kampmann

By Case Keefer

Diego Sanchez awoke and ended “The Nightmare.”

Sanchez, the UFC veteran who won the first season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter‘, had become known by his nickname over his near decade long stint as a professional fighter. He’s now officially announced he wants to get rid of it.

“I let “The Nightmare” go,” Sanchez said. “To me, I feel a negative in it. I don’t like it. It’s kind of evil. I don’t want to represent that. I want to represent positivity and I want to represent the good.”

That’s not the only thing Sanchez has changed. Over the last six months, the 29-year old Sanchez says he has refocused himself and entered a new phase of his career.

Sanchez (27-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) hopes his approach pays dividends when he meets Martin Kampmann (17-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the Main Event of Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 card at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

“In my mind, I feel like I have already earned the ‘W’,” Sanchez said. “I’ve worked so hard and I’ve done extra things.”

In addition to his training regimen, Sanchez has spent the last few months working with a high school wrestling team in his native Albuquerque, N.M. He either lifts more weights or goes running in the 8,000-feet mountains when his day at the gym is over.


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