UFC On Versus 3 Recap Sanchez Defeats Kampmann In Three Round War
In a bout that could determine the next number one contender in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann went toe to toe for fifteen minutes.
When all was said and done, all three judges awarded the bout to “The Dream” by scores of 29-28.
“Hitman” worked over the Albuquerque fighter’s face in the first round with crisp striking that drew blood.
Sanchez roared back in the final ten minutes, staggering Kampmann twice with several flurries in close range. The veteran in Kampmann weathered the final storm in the closing moments of round two in what was likely an even fight going into the final frame.
As the time ticked away, both men swung for the fences in front of the capacity crowd at the KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky.
When the scores were announced, Sanchez celebrated while a visibly disappointed Kampmann dropped his head.
The win puts an exclamation point on Sanchez’ return to the welterweight decision and a return to his roots training with Jackson’s MMA
Mark Munoz made short work of CB Dollaway, stopping the fellow wrestler by knockout in the opening round. Munoz floored Dollaway with a straight right hand and followed that up with hammer fists on the mat. Referee Steve Mazagatti quickly rushed in when Dollaway temporarily went limp. With the win, Munoz is now victorious in five of his last six. The official time of the bout was 54 seconds. The crowd, disappointed with the quick win, booed the finish.
Chris Weidman made a successful UFC debut, dominating veteran Alessio Sakara en route to a unanimous decision win. The college wrestling standout turned the gas on in the second round, taking Sakara down in the second and battering him on the canvas. All three judges scored the one sided bout 30-27.
In the night’s first main card bout, Brian Bowles made lightning strike twice, choking out DaMacio Page with the same maneuver he used in their first meeting. After weathering an early storm of leg kicks, the former bantamweight champion caught the “Angel of Death” with a big shot that took the fight to the canvas. After issuing some ground and pound, Bowles locked in a guillotine choke and separated Page from his sense. The official time of the stoppage was 3:30 in the opening round.