A key welterweight matchup is in the works between Thiago Alves (19-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (18-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the fighters that at least one of the fighters has agreed matchup, which is expected to take place at an as-yet-unannounced March 3 event.
The matchup was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
"It was the fight I asked for, and I know UFC fans will love it," Alves told Tatame."He has just defeated Rick Story, who had beat me before, so it's a good fight for me."
Alves looks to build on the strength of a UFC 138 submission win over the previously unbeaten Papy Abedi. The popular American Top Team product is just 2-3 in his past five outings, but that run includes losses to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, perennial contender Jon Fitch and recent up-and-comer Rick Story.
Meanwhile, Kampmann recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a UFC 139 decision win over Story. The impressive win came on the heels of two controversial decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields.
While Alves has committed to the contest, Kampmann, at least publicly, hasn't yet done the same.
"I haven't talked with UFC yet, and I don't have a date or opponent," Kampmann stated on his Twitter account. "Alves is a possibility, but so [are] a lot guys. I will let you know!"