UFC 139 Results: 5 Fights That Make Sense for Martin Kampmann
Martin Kampmann ended a two-fight losing skid at UFC 139 on Saturday, but it wasn't without controversy.
Another close decision was handed down, but on this night, Kampmann would be on the right end of the judges' scorecards.
The "Hitman" was awarded the split decision after a back and forth battle with top-10 welterweight Rick Story.
"The Horror" impressed on the feet with improved striking and octagon control, but it was Kampmann who surprised with takedowns and top control to eke out the second and third rounds.
With the win, Kampmann avoids three straight losses and climbs back into the top-10 crust of the welterweight division.
What's next for the "Hitman"?
Here are five fights that make sense.
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Jake Ellenberger is really establishing himself as a serious contender in the welterweight division.
Currently on a five-fight win streak, Ellenberger is coming off a major upset knockout victory over former UFC title contender Jake Shields.
A bout against Diego Sanchez is rumored next for Ellenberger, but Kampmann should throw his name in the hat for a crack at the surging welterweight contender.
A win over Ellenberger would expedite Kampmann's progression up the welterweight ladder.
Charlie Brenneman's time in the spotlight seemed like a passing dream.
At UFC on Versus 4, "The Spaniard" shocked top-10 welterweight Rick Story with a fairly lopsided unanimous decision victory, but he was quickly knocked off in his next outing against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
A bout against Kampmann could go a long way in deciding who gets the No. 10 spot in the welterweight division.
A potential bout between Thiago Alves and Kampmann is a solid style matchup pitting two of the welterweight division's best strikers against one another.
After an inconsistent skid, Alves recently rebounded at UFC 138 with a submission win over UFC newcomer Papy Abedi.
Dong Hyun Kim
Dong Hyun Kim may not be a top-10 welterweight, but he is certainly on the bubble of breaking into the upper-echelon crust of the division.
He suffered a major setback at UFC 132, where he was stopped in dominant fashion by former WEC champion Carlos Condit.
If he gets past Sean Pierson at UFC 141, the UFC could opt to match him with Kampmann in a bout to decide a possible top-10 vacancy.
Diego Sanchez defeated Kampmann in March by a controversial unanimous decision, and the "Hitman" has been seeking a rematch ever since.
Sanchez was a bloody mess after a back and forth battle, but the judges felt like he did enough to win the fight.
There are rumors circling about a possible Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger bout in early 2012. If true, Kampmann could get a crack at the winner.