In the main event of UFC on FX 2, Martin Kampmann was able to pull off an amazing late third-round comeback against Thiago Alves. Alves was able to outstrike Kampmann for the majority of the fight. But while Alves was going for a takedown late in the third round, Kampmann was able to force him to tap after catching the Brazilian in a guillotine choke.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Alves was in control for much of this fight. Although Kampmann landed some good shots, Alves was able to outstrike him and stuff his takedowns. Alves made the mistake of going for a takedown in the final minute of the fight and got caught in a guillotine choke.
What we learned about Thiago Alves:
Friday night, Alves showed improved takedown defense and proved he is still a dangerous welterweight. Had it not have been for his last minute mistake though, he would have won the fight.
What we learned about Martin Kampmann:
We knew Kampmann was tough. But he proved that you can never count him out of a fight. Kampmann may be one of the most underrated fighters in MMA today. Although he was out-struck throughout the fight, he is still a very precise striker, and has a dangerous submission game to go with it.
What's next for Alves:
Alves has been on a rocky road lately. He's 2-3 in his last five fights. This includes missing weight in his rematch against Jon Fitch. Alves needs a win over a big name in the division to stay relevant. A fight with Diego Sanchez would be a fun one.
What's next for Kampmann:
With the win, Kampmann has now won two straight fights. He could have easily been on a longer winning streak had it not been for Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez winning the judges over. Although Kampmann would like to get a crack at interim champ Carlos Condit, avenging a close loss to Shields may be better for him.