The Ultimate Fighter Finale 15 came with a bang as 'The Hitman' Martin Kampmann continues to cut the heels off contenders left and right. Kampmann won by 2nd round TKO over Jake Ellenberger who couldn't capitalize his dominant 1st round to a win.
The Ultimate Fighter 15 was won by Michael Chisera, who as you know lost his father shortly into the competition. The season will end in a whimper as the planned trilogy bout and UFC bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will not go ahead.
We are mere days from another free Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card as UFC on FX: 'Johnson vs. McCall. The card features no bouts above welterweight and no major stars of the promotion. It will show how much people have invested into 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Uncle Creepy' from their previous bout at UFC on FX: 'Kampmann vs. Alves".
Here we goMartin Kampmann:
The UFC has done an excellent job on building Martin Kampmann through free television. He has had three of his last four bouts on TV and each one was very exciting. The ironic part is that his only 'meh' fight was on pay per view against Rick Story at UFC 139.
If you are of the many who believe that the Dane beat Sanchez and Jake Shields then you would say "Kampmann is unbeaten in seven straight fights". He also holds legit wins over Thiago Alves, Jake Ellenberger and Rick Story of note.
Kampmann deserves to get a shot against someone of value and i propose one of two bouts. Kampmann against Johnny Hendricks as it is the two guys waiting to breakthrough but if the UFC desires to keep Hendricks as a contender then let's do Kampmann vs. Josh Koscheck. Many people believe that Koscheck won the bout against Hendricks at UFC on FOX 3 and he is of name value. A win over a former two-time number one contender would surely rest any doubt of where Kampmann is or if he is indeed ready.
"The Hitman' deserves a pay per view co-headlining spot, nothing less.
UFC 147 no longer hurts:
I was very down on UFC 147 remaining a pay per view and not changed to either a less-expensive pay per view or a free TV card.
When Vitor Blefort broke his hand and was forced from his 'UFC: Brazil' rematch with Wanderlei Silva I was pissed. The co-main event is Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow and that is bullshit. I see both their records but Werdum has been pretty 'meh' in big time matches and Russow's last notable win is a punchline for MMA bloggers.
Company man Rich Franklin stood up and said he'd fight Wanderlei Silva at a catchweight of 190LBS (Almost Franklin-weight). It is a nice bout based upon two legends and their first bout at UFC 99 was a good tilt. The problem is that this card is as saturated with as much crap as a Big Mac.
I am no longer upset because of the mass amount of UFC programming that is free over the next little while. I believe the UFC knew that UFC 147 would have issues long before and planned it as good as they could. I am guessing 150-175K pay per view buys. If this cracks 210K pay per view buys then it will show the dedication of the very casual fans.
TRT and Steroids:
I give Nate Marquardt an applause for getting off TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) but in reality it is also alarming. I am now questioning if he ever needed the therapy and was this "ok'd" by his doctors because I am reading you cannot just stop the therapy.
If you recall the post-fight conference from UFC 146, UFC president Dana White announced that Alistair Overeem would retain his number one contender's status if he gets licensed in Nevada. So, after everything Dana White said about how pissed he was and such, goes around and says that Overeem's attempt at an unfair playing field is essentially 'okay'.
Marquardt never tested positive but, he neither really tested-he just bowed out. Overeem tested by surprise and was a T/E ratio of 14:1, he was basically Bane. They are both getting eventual title shots based on what we have heard from the UFC and Strikeforce.
How does this look?
-Rory McDonald is no longer just a prospect, he and Koscheck in Toronto would be a great barometer to see if he is ready for the elite.
-It's time for the UFC to start plucking more guys from Strikeforce; Luke Rockhold, Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler are three guys who could bolster a 'weak-ish' middleweight division. The UFC should let Strikeforce sign some of the free agent DREAM fighter and start flowing their lighter divisions up.
-Rousey-Kaufmann, Rousey-Cyborg are going to be some awesome fights in the near future. I hope SF brings up Sara McMann after her next bout as I strongly feel she is the real deal.