UFC on Versus 3 Preview: Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann


Tonight at UFC on Versus 3 (9:00 p.m. ET to be precise), welterweights Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann will provide fireworks in the main event.

Kampann has been saying that he will go back to his old kickboxing ways in preparation for Sanchez, where he won seven of his fights via knockout.

As for Sanchez, he has gone back to his old ways of constantly coming forward and aggressively going after takedowns.

Both welterweights are looking to crawl their way back up the rankings and are striving to make an impressive showing.

Will it be the kickboxing and takedown defense of Kampmann? Or will Sanchez be able to use his takedowns and constant ground n' pound to get the win?

Check it out:

Diego Sanchez

Record: 22-4 overall, 11-4 in the UFC

Key Wins: Nick Diaz (TUF Finale 2), Clay Guida (TUF Finale 9), Paulo Thiago (UFC 121), Joe Stevenson (UFC 95)

Key Losses: B.J. Penn (UFC 107), Jon Fitch (UFC 76), Josh Koscheck (UFC 69)

How he got here: After losing to then Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn at UFC 107, Diego Sanchez hit rock bottom after losing money to a scam artist and then dropping another fight to John Hathaway. Since then, he's managed to get his act together and got back with former trainer Greg Jackson. Now back with his former team, Sanchez was able to return to his old style of aggressive takedowns and ground n' pound when he defeated the always game Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision.

How he gets it done: Sanchez needs to keep using what brought him into the UFC and what he's known for -- a tireless takedown and ground n' pound attack. While isn't the most technical fighter in the world, but what he does is come forward and maintains an incredible pace. Kickboxing with the Danish striker would be a poorly thought out idea, unless Diego is looking to set up his takedowns that way.


Martin Kampmann

Record: 17-4 overall, 8-3 in the UFC

Key Wins: Carlos Condit (UFC Fight Night 18), Paulo Thiago (UFC 115), Thales Leites (TUF 4 Finale)

Key Losses: Paul Daley (UFC 103), Jake Shields (UFC 121), Nate Marquardt (UFC 88)

How he got here: Currently 2-2 in his last four bouts in the Octagon, Kampmann is looking to prove his worth in the welterweight elite when he fights Sanchez. Kampmann last saw action losing a split decision to Jake Shields, where he was defeated by a far more fatigued opponent. Prior to the Shields loss, Kampmann showcased his sound grappling skills against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Paulo Thiago and captured a submission over the always tough Jacob Volkmann.

How he gets it done: The sprawl and kickboxing game plan Kampmann has talked about using pre-fight would be perfect against the likes of Sanchez, due to lacking technical skills as a striker. Even if the fight hits the mat, Kampmann won't be at a huge disadvantage, as Kampmann can scramble really well and is tough to control, on top of having sound submission skills.


Fight "X Factor:" Diego's aggressive nature could be the night's "X Factor" as Kampmann has shown that he can fight tentative at times, even when he needs to get the job done. If Kampmann is hesitant at all, Sanchez won't waste an opportunity to pounce on Kampmann and will try to knock his block off.

Bottom Line: If Kampmann can play aggressive counter striking with his kickboxing, and stuffs Sanchez's takedowns, he can get the job done tonight. However, Kampmann has shown signs of hesitancy against some of the sports best, and I think tonight will be no different against Sanchez. Since Diego will be the aggressor, and fight hard for the win at all times, I think Sanchez will capture a late third round TKO victory.

Who do you think will win? Tonight, let your voice be heard!

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