"New Years and Christmas was coming up and I knew it was going to be hard to find me an opponent. I know if it was me and I was getting ready for Christmas, it would be tough to get ready for a fight on short notice. I could see a lot of reasons to turn down a fight around this time of year so I was just happy they found someone. (Volkmann) is a totally different guy than Markham. He’s a wrestler and a grappler and I think he’ll try to take the fight to the ground. Markham is all stand-up. They are completely different, but I’m prepared for it."
-- Hard-hitting welterweight striker Martin Kampmann talks to the Las Vegas Sun about trying to inch his way back into title contention when he takes on UFC sophomore Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann (stepping in on short notice for the injured Rory Markham) at UFC 108 this Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "The Hitman" last competed at UFC 103: "Franklin vs. Belfort," going limp against the heavy hands of replacement fighter Paul Daley. Prior to the loss -- just his second in 13 fights -- Kampmann had strung together back-to-back wins after dropping to 170-pounds in an effort to test the waters at a lighter weight class. Will Volkmann make him regret the move? Or was the Daley loss just a speed bump on the road to 170-pound greatness?