Martin Kampmann's Next Fight: 5 Possibilities for His Return
UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann was a contender. But Johny Hendricks' left hand and a subsequent 60-day medical suspension put him on the sidelines and out of the picture (he's now eligible to return but hasn't yet received a fight).
Kampmann is still an outstanding, exciting and popular fighter. Here are five possible opponents who could give the Dane a proper welcome back into the Octagon.
Josh Koscheck is teetering on the brink after losing his second straight fight.
Pitting the former college wrestler against a dynamic kickboxer in Kampmann would create a potent mixture for a fight that would probably be a must-win engagement for the American.
I know few people are encouraging B.J. Penn to remain at welterweight. And I agree that 155 pounds probably makes more sense for the former multi-division champ.
But Penn has a mind of his own, and if he wants another scrap at 170 pounds, I'm sure Kampmann would give it to him.
And I'm very sure I'd watch.
Nate Marquardt is on the sidelines with a 60-day injury suspension of his own, but that's not necessarily a deal breaker. I bet Kampmann would enjoy a chance to avenge the TKO loss Marquardt put on him in 2008.
It might be more likely that Condit will face Rory MacDonald next, but I'm sure he wouldn't say no to Kampmann.
Especially given that Kampmann has a split-decision win over Condit on his record.
This one's kind of a no-brainer.
Two talented stand-up fighters, two irascible and outspoken trash talkers. Kampmann, in fact, started slinging mud more than a year ago and has openly called for the fight.
Both men are coming off a loss and could really stand to get well. This one has all the makings.
You know, assuming Nick Diaz doesn't retire.