June 30, 2009 : UFC 103
Former top middleweight contenders and current UFC welterweight standouts Mike Swick (14-2) and Martin Kampmann (15-2) are in talks to hook ‘em up in a fantastic 170-pound showdown at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 26, according to sources close to both camps.
Swick has pushed his undefeated mark in the welterweight division to 4-0 after a “quick” technical knockout of Ben Saunders at UFC 99: “The Comeback” on June 13.
It was the second straight stoppage for the American Kickboxing Academy product and a strong argument for his place among the next in line for the 170-pound strap.
Perhaps a win over Kampmann in front of a friendly hometown crown may be the final stepping stone.
“The Hitman” last competed at UFC Fight Night 18: “Condit vs. Kampmann,” spoiling the Octagon debut of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Welterweight Champion and top-ranked 170-pound fighter Carlos Condit. He defeated Alexandre Barros via second round technical knockout at UFC 93: “Franklin vs. Henderson” in his 170-pound debut earlier this year.
Prior to the back-to-back wins, Kampmann had his nine-fight win streak snapped after getting wrecked by Nate Marquardt in short order via bruising first round technical knockout at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” back in September 2008. It was apparently a wake up call for the Danish kickboxer that perhaps he is better suited to compete in a division 15 pounds lighter.
This will marked the third time that Kampmann competes at 170 pounds. And if he is able to perform well like he did on April 1, he could be facing even more top competition in the category sooner rather than later.
The UFC 103 fight card includes possible bouts of Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg as well as Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
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