Martin Kampmann: “I Want To Get Back to Knocking People Out”

By Damon Martin

Through 11 fights in the UFC, 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.

 

 

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Chris Weidman Expected To Replace Rafael Natal Against Alessio Sakara

By Jeff Cain

Chris Weidman Steps In For Rafael Natal To Face Alessio Sakara.

It was reported earlier today that Rafael Natal was forced out of his “UFC on Versus 3” match up with Alessio Sakara due to injury.

Heavy.com has confirmed that Team Serra-Longo trained Chris Weidman will replace Natal.

Weidman is undefeated with a 4-0 record and will make his UFC debut against the American Top Team trained Sakara.

“UFC on Versus 3” takes place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on March 3. The event is headlined by welterweights Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez.

 

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KOTC Returns to Las Vegas

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, King of the Cage will return to the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel. King of the Cage will continue its ongoing commitment of finding and developing future legends, as done in the past with countless fighters who are now some of the biggest names in MMA, including: Quinton Jackson, Diego Sanchez, Urijah Faber, and Joe Stevenson.

This amazing fight card highlights some of the best MMA gyms in the world including: Throwdown Training Center, Tapout Training Center, Arevalo Academy, ASG, Team Wand, One Kicks, Team Couture, Cobra Kia, Lights Out, Knuckle Up, Team Hollywood, Team Oyama, Team Focus, Norco Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, and The Compound.

Their fighters include: Jerry Shapiro, Andy Chiu, Andrew Yates, Tim Sosa, James Flores, Tom Cruz, Daniel Langford, Sean Cantor, Abraham Duenas, Leo Garcia, Josh Fry, Dustin Werner, Joe Tussing, Antonio Sanchez, Adrian Valencia, Hector Sailant, Walter Hayes, Shane Bembo, Abraham Perez, Thomas Pando, Aaron Williams, Efren Carrera, Jeff Scales, Johnny Montoya. Ray Robles, Justin Bonner, Frank Hayden, Jacob Malili, Kurt Crum, Tom Wyatt, Dean Guillot, Brandon Dockrell, Robert Hrcka, Zach Walters, Clayton Vanburskirk, Matt Laugo, Matt Delkemper, Bercharis McGill, Weston Guechen, and Jared Lowe.

An array of events are planned that will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the fighters. So don’t miss your chance to be there when Future Legends begin their journey on one of the biggest MMA platforms in the world to find out who will be King of the Cage!!!

For more information visit www.kingofthecage.com

Francisco Rivera out at UFC on Versus 3, Takeya Mizugaki awaits new opponent

By John Morgan

Former WEC bantamweight Francisco Rivera (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will have to wait a little longer to make his octagon debut.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fighter that Rivera suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a UFC on Versus 3 contest with Takeya Mizugaki (13-5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC officials have yet to announce Rivera’s withdrawal, but MMAjunkie.com has learned a search is currently underway for a replacement opponent.

Featuring a welterweight main event between perennial contenders Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez, UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and the main card airs on Versus.

Rivera, who trains with UFC and WEC veteran Manny Gamburyan, opened his career with a 5-0 record (with three knockouts) on California’s regional circuit. He then signed with the WEC but suffered a TKO loss to Erik Koch at WEC 52. The UFC on Versus 3 bout was to mark his first at 135 pounds after dropping from the featherweight division.

 

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Diego Sanchez and Jon Jones messing around in the gym – Video

Tickets For UFC On Versus 3 On Sale Next Week

Fans looking to get their hands on tickets for the upcoming “UFC on Versus 3” do not have to wait much longer.

On January 14, tickets for the March event will go on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. ET, ranging in price from $40 to $200. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Per the usual, however, a pair of presale options will also be available.

UFC Fight Club members will have the first shot at purchasing their tickets, as they will have the ability to buy them beginning on January 12 at 10 a.m. ET. The second presale opportunity comes just one day later when subscribers to the promotion’s online newsletter will have their chance at tickets.

“UFC on Versus 3″ will serve as the promotion’s first event to ever take place in Kentucky, as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is set to play host on March 3. The card is headlined by a welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, which will be broadcast live on Versus, along with the rest of the main card.

 

 

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