SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Welterweight opponents Martin Kampmann and Rick Story are separated by UFC president Dana White as they face off after weighing in during the UFC 139 Weigh In at the HP Pavilion on November 18, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
In a Welterweight fight at UFC 139: Henderson vs. Rua, Martin Kampmann (17-5; 8-4 UFC) faces Rick Story (13-4; 6-2 UFC). This is the second fight on the PPV portion of the card. Both men are ranked in the Welterweight top 25 according to the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, where Story sits at #9, Kampmann at #14. The PPV card airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
This Welterweight match-up could help one man get on track towards a possible future title shot. Both Kampmann and Story have found themselves moving close to title contention at times, but both come into this fight after having suffered unfortunate setbacks in the Octagon. There's a solid pack of fringe contenders at 170, and a win here will help one of these men distinguish himself from the pack. While both men are good all-around fighters, this is also a classic striker vs. grappler match-up, with Kampmann favoring stand-up and Story favoring wrestling.
How do these two stack up?
Kampmann: 29 years old | 6'0" | 72" reach
Story: 27 years old | 5'10" | 71" reach
What have these two done recently?
Kampmann: L - Diego Sanchez (UD) | L - Jake Shields (SD) | W - Paulo Thiago (UD)
Story: L - Charlie Brenneman (UD) | W - Thiago Alves (UD) | W - Johny Hendricks (UD)
How did these two get here?
Martin Kampmann is a UFC veteran who has found himself close to the top on a number of occasions, but never been able to get over that final hill. He started his career at Middleweight, going 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the UFC before falling to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88. After that loss, he dropped down to Welterweight, where he put together a 4-1 record and looked poised to make a run at the belt. He faced Jake Shields in Shields's UFC debut, and lost the fight in a close and controversial split decision. Kampmann followed that up with a fight with Diego Sanchez, again losing a close and highly contested decision. A lot of people think Kampmann should be 6-1 at Welterweight and a top contender, not coming in on a 2 fight losing streak. We'll see how that frustration impacts Kampann as he faces Story.
UFC 139 Results | Dan Henderson Interview | Weigh-In Results
Rick Story had similar frustration in his last fight. Story scored a breakout win at UFC 130, defeating former title challenger Thiago Alves via decision and bringing his record up to 13-3. He was set to face Nate Marquardt on Versus, but when Marquardt was fired from the UFC shortly before the event, Story found himself facing Charlie Brenneman. Brenneman took advantage of the quick turnaround and defeated Story via decision. It's a weird situation, where neither man had the time to properly prepare for the correct opponent, but it has slowed Story's momentum a bit. He'll look to get back on track here.
Why should you care?
As is a theme on this card, this is a super close fight. Both men also come in with something to prove, and showed it at a fired up weigh-in yesterday, which should translate to a fiercely contested battle.
More UFC 139 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
UFC 139: The PRIDE History of Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 139: Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139 Weigh-In Results: Two Fighters Miss Weight - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Shogun vs Henderson: Staff Picks and Predictions
UFC 139: Nick Pace in a 'Dream Fight' Against Miguel Torres - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139: Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson Countdown Video - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Roundtable: Did the Marketing Push For UFC on Fox Kill UFC 139's Buy Rate?
UFC 139 Interview: Chris Weidman Talks Wrestling, UFC Jitters, and His Fade - Matthew Roth
UFC 139 Video - Dana White Talks UFC on Fox, Fox 2, and Dan Henderson - Matthew Roth
UFC 139 Judo Chop: Cung Le and the Sanshou Spinning Back Kick - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 139: Bader vs. Brilz, McDonald vs. Soto Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video and Coverage - Tim Burke
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 101: Derek Brunson, UFC 139 Preview - Matt Bishop
UFC 139: Embracing the Beautiful Violence of Mixed Martial Arts - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 139: Shogun vs Henderson Conference Call Quick Quotes - Matthew Roth
UFC 139: Brian Bowles Discusses Fight With Urijah Faber - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: Facebook Undercard Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 139: The Magnificent Ruin of Wanderlei Silva - Leland Roling
UFC 139 Media Call News and Updates - Matthew Roth
UFC 139: Dana White Video Blog, Part One - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson Betting Lines - Tim Burke
UFC 139: Martin Kampmann Discusses Recent Losses, Fight With Rick Story - Tim Burke
UFC 139 Video: Shogun vs. Henderson In-Depth Preview - Anton Tabuena
UFC 139 Fight Card: Shogun vs. Henderson - Tim Burke