Martin Kampmann (17-5) hasn't had the greatest luck as of late. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak and has been on the verge of receiving a title shot for a couple years now.
Originally, Kampmann was to fight Mike Swick in 2009 for a title shot against GSP. Swick had to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Paul Daley. The fight was no longer a title eliminator, but Kampmann lost anyway.
Fast forward a year, and Kampmann is in another title eliminator bout, against Jake Shields. Shields won a close fight and went on to face GSP in Toronto at UFC 129.
Kampmann's last fight against Diego Sanchez was exciting, but again, Kampmann lost.
Now, he is at a crossroads on the welterweight ladder and the only way up is against Rick Story (13-4).
Story is coming off a loss to Charlie Brenneman in June, but has otherwise shown title potential with his previous six-fight win streak.
The fight with Brenneman can be excused, considering it was a late replacement made a day before the fight, so Story still should have some momentum going into this bout.
With all that is going on in the UFC welterweight division, it's not a stretch to say that the winner of this fight could go on to face the champion at some point in 2012.
Kampmann needs the win to stay in the title picture and Story needs the win to prove the Brenneman loss was just a hiccup.
Prediction: Kampmann over Story via split decision
Overall, UFC 139 is shaping up to be a decent card. It might not have a title bout at this point in time, but even if it doesn't, throw a couple more big names on and this card will be enjoyable for many UFC fans.
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