Martin Kampmann's Next Fight: 5 Possibilities for His Return

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterMarch 22, 2013

Martin Kampmann's Next Fight: 5 Possibilities for His Return

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    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

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    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.

B.J. Penn

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    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

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    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.

Carlos Condit

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    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.

Nick Diaz

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    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.