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Report: Kampmann possibly off UFC 72 card with injury

Martin Kampmann
Martin Kampmann hurt himself training for his upcoming bout with Rich Franklin at UFC 72 on June 16 and could possibly be scratched from the card, according to the "Savage Dog Show" on

The cause of the injury is unknown at this time, but his shot to headline the first-ever UFC event in Ireland against the former 185-pound champion seems in peril.

It was widely speculated that the winner of the bout would earn a title shot against the winner of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Nathan Marquardt on July 7 at UFC 73: "Stacked."

Kampmann — a talented kickboxer from Denmark — was a curios choice to face "Ace" in the main event of the evening. Despite his perfect record inside the Octagon (3-0), he hasn't been in against top competition in the division, nor does he have much name recognition among fans.

Make no mistake, he's a solid fighter, but many viewed the match up as just another tune-up for the UFC poster boy, Franklin.

If this rumor turns out to be fact, the UFC will have less than five weeks to find a notable replacement. And the first fighter who comes to mind — who is perhaps more deserving of a potential championship opportunity — is Yushin Okami.

Okami is fresh off a unanimous decision win over 185-pound contender Mike Swick at UFC 69 last month, and he has methodically plowed through Alan Belcher, Kalib Starnes and Rory Singer inside the UFC cage.

He also has a win — albeit one shrouded in controversy — over Silva at a Rumble on The Rock show in 2006.

Sounds like the ideal candidate — but that's not always the case when it comes to UFC matchmaking.

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