Kampmann vs. Daley

A main card bout set for UFC 103 on Saturday night is between welterweights Martin Kampmann and Paul Daley.

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Kampmann enters the fight as the heavy favorite with a betting line of -500 with Daley given a line of +300 according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this bout, which will take place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tx. at 10PM ET on pay-per-view.

Martin Kampmann (15-2):

Strengths: Kampmann is a game fighter that doesn’t have a noticeable strength or weakness. He is very well rounded with his strikes and submission skills. Kampmann is also the bigger fighter, as he dropped from middleweight to welterweight this year in order to have a size advantage on his opponents.

Weaknesses: Kampmann was bullied in his last loss to Nate Marquardt, but no many have been able to be successful against him. Kampmann is coming off a tough decision win over Carlos Condit where he struggled to get into a grove. If Kampmann wants to be a championship contender, he needs to have a dominant win over Daley.

Last Five Fights:

Split decision win over Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1, 2009

Second round TKO win over Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 on Jan. 17, 2009

First round TKO loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88 on Sept. 6, 2008

First round submission win over Jorge Rivera at UFC 85 on June 7, 2008

First round submission win over Drew McFedries at UFC 68 on March 3, 2007


Paul Daley (21-8-2)

Strengths: Daley has explosive power with his striking and he likes to come out quick and try to finish fights early. Daley’s last seven wins have come by KO or TKO and if he lands a solid punch on Kampmann, he can get the upset.

Weaknesses: Daley is taking this fight on somewhat short notice. He was originally schedule to have an undercard fight in his UFC debut, but moved up to face Kampmann for the injured Mike Swick. Making a UFC debut can be hard enough, but doing it while facing Kampmann is an even greater challenge.

Last Five Fights:

First round TKO win over Junior Barata at WFC 8 on April 18, 2009

First round KO win over Aurelijus Kerpe at Ultimate Gladiators on March 29, 2009

Unanimous decision loss to Nick Thompson at MFC 20 on Feb. 20, 2009

Second round TKO win over John Alessio at MFC 19 on Dec. 5, 2008

Second round submission loss to Jake Shields at EliteXC Heat on Oct. 4, 2008


Who will win: Daley could win if the fight ends early, but like Mike Tyson in his day, Daley fades after the first round because he tries so hard to end the fight early. I see Kampann surviving the early storm and defeating Daley by submission with a choke or by TKO late in round two to continue moving up the welterweight ladder.

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Posted: 9/17/09 11:12PM ET


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