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Martin Kampmann defeats Thiago Alves by submission (guillotine choke). The stoppage came at 4:12 in the third round.
The two welterweights traded punches early in the first round. Alves landed several leg kicks before Kampmann clinches up and punches and knees. Kampmann eventually took Alves down momentarily but Alves popped right back up. Kampmann threw a high kick that landed clean to the jaw and stunned Alves. Unfortunately, Kampmann was unable to take advantage of Alves being hurt and Thiago recovered. Kampmann attempted another takedown from a body lock but Alves reversed position and took Kampmann to the mat. Alves transitioned from half guard to side control and finally to mount before throwing short punches to the head. Kampmann attempted to buck Alves off but Thiago stayed heavy. The round ended with Kampmann regaining his feet.
Thiago Alves opened the second round with uppercuts inside. Kampmann came forward with punches but left himself open for a jab-cross combination. Kampmann left himself open to Alves' punches as he gave up on counter-striking. Martin Kampmann attempted to shoot a double but Thiago defended well and responded with punches. Thiago landed his leg kicks and followed up with a huge right hand. Kampmann's nose was busted up by Thiago's boxing. Kampmann with a flurry and closed with a knee. The round ended with Thiago Alves as the aggressor.
Martin Kampmann was tentative as the final round opened up allowing Alves to land a leg kick and combination. Alves tried to shoot a takedown but Kampmann defended well with heavy hips. Kampmann pressured in the clinch with knees but opened himself up for punches. Alves with a cutting leg kick and another as the fight entered the third minute of the round. Kampmann pushed forward but left himself open for Alves to land a straight right. With a minute left in the fight, Thiago Alves landed a huge right hand and followed up with a takedown attempt. Alves left his neck open and Martin Kampmann sunk in a guillotine choke. Alves was forced to tap.
Martin Kampmann entered the fight 9-4 in the UFC. He is now 9-5 in the promotion and 19-5 overall. Thiago Alves entered the fight 11-5 in the UFC. His MMA record is now 19-9 and 11-6 in the promotion.