Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann wanted to get back in the win column and did so in earning a decision victory over the dangerous Rick Story.
Kampmann used precise striking and a great game plan to wear down Rick Story. The Danish striker put on a clinic and showed why it's not a good idea to overlook him as a force in the welterweight division.
Who should he fight next? Let's take a look and see...
Thiago Alves is coming off of a dominant performance against Papy Abedi at UFC 138. He made weight—for starters—and followed that up with vintage Pitbull aggression.
Pitbull would counter Kampmann's precise striking with solid striking of his own. With both fighters so comfortable on their feet, it could turn into a thrilling chess match that would have the potential for Fight of the Night on any card.
Thiago Alves is a former title contender and a win over him would push Kampmann closer to the top of the division.
Though he's battled some injuries of late, John Hathaway would be a solid match up for Kampmann.
A Hitman vs Hitman battle would be exciting for the fans. Hathaway is an up-and-coming fighter that would test Kampmann in all areas of his game.
Hathaway is one of the few English fighters that isn't scared to take the fight to the ground if need be. He showed in his fight against Diego Sanchez that he has some solid ground and pound as well.
A victory over once-beaten Hathaway would be a solid win to add to Kampmann's resume.
Assuming he got back from injury, Rory MacDonald would be a good test for Kampmann.
MacDonald stopped Mike Pyle at UFC 133 with relentless ground and pound and would be looking for a three-fight win streak. MacDonald even had former number one contender Carlos Condit beat at UFC 115 before succumbing to a TKO via strikes. He would a be a formidable opponent for Kampmann.
Kampmann would surely be tested in this fight because MacDonald can take a fight so many different areas. This is another one that could potentially be a Fight of the Night candidate.
Coming off a stellar knockout win at UFC Fight Night 25, DaMarques Johnson would be a good matchup for Kampmann.
Johnson knocked Clay Harvison into unconsciousness with an uppercut to signal that he believes he is ready for upper-tier fights. Kampmann would put that notion to the test.
Johnson has pretty good boxing skills to test the striking skills of Kampmann. If the fight goes to the ground, Johnson has a good Brazilian jiu-jitsu background to draw from.
Sounds like a good fight to me.
Styles make fights, right? How about Danish striker Martin Kampmann vs. submission artist Seth Baczynski? Something's gotta give.
Baczynski secured a submission victory on the same card as Kampmann (UFC 139) last night against Matt Brown. Once Baczynski locked on the guillotine choke, Brown was helpless.
With Baczynski's submission game and Kampmann's striking, it seems like both men would be in a fight to take the match into their comfort zone.
Baczynski would have a chance to put together a three-fight win streak while Kampmann would test his takedown defense and try to take care of Baczynski while the fight is standing.