Rick Story delivering a solid body shot on Thiago Alves
Welterweight action overtakes the Octagon in the second main card matchup between Danish kickboxer Martin "Hitman" Kampmann and the American grappler Rick "The Horror" Story.
With two consecutive defeats inside the cage, Kampmann's future may be in jeopardy if he is defeated by Story this Saturday.
Always a gamer, Kampmann battles to the final bell each and every time he steps foot inside the Octagon.
Skilled in his stand-up exchanges, the "Hitman" will have a striking advantage over the wrestling-based Story at the HP Pavilion.
With seven knockout victories, Kampmann can be lethal on his feet. Additionally, the "Hitman's" above-average ground game has equated to six submission victories as well.
Combine Kampmann's well-rounded skill set with his urgency for a victory and "The Horror" will need to overcome a "I have nothing to lose" attitude by the "Hitman" to secure a win this Saturday.
Known for his wrestling pedigree, Story has been successful in 49 percent of his takedown attempts.
Possessing the ability to take a solid punch, the Washington native will eat a few shots as he works inside and drives his opponent up against the cage.
Following in the Randy Couture dirty boxing philosophy, Story is well-known for delivering solid punches from the clinch and dropping levels to take the fight to the ground.
Extremely strong, well-conditioned, possessing an iron chin and the competitive fire to battle regardless of the circumstances, "The Horror" is the epitome of a professional inside the Octagon.
Repeating his successful game plan that has worked so well in the UFC, Story will be willing to take a few punches to drive Kampmann up against the cage fence where he can wear down the Dutch kickboxer with inside punches, ultimately dropping levels and taking this fight to the ground.
Even though the "Hitman" is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu and is well-versed off of his back, Story's relentless pace, physical dominance and excellent ground-and-pound will be too much for Kampmann to endure and secure a submission victory.
In the end, Story's grind it out mentality will secure a victory and provide Kampmann with his third consecutive defeat under the UFC banner.
Winner: Rick Story via unanimous decision victory