Rumor has it that a matchup between welterweights Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann is in the works for upcoming UFC 115.
The happening were first reported by newspaper The Las Vegas Sun and the website MMA Junkie has since confirmed that both of the fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, and all the agreements should be finalized soon.
Kampmann was recently forced out of a bout with Ben Saunders at UFC 111 due to a deep cut he acquired during training.
“We had to literally tell him he couldn’t fight Saunders like that,” Kampmann’s agent, Ken Pavia, recently reported. “He didn’t want to pull out of the fight.”
Meanwhile, Thiago just came out of a win from UFC 109 over Mike Swick, where he submitted Swick in the second round and earned “Submission of the Night.” After Thiago’s outstanding performance at UFC 109, Dana White said he was very impressed with him.
“This guy just shot onto the scene,” White said. “This guy’s at the top of the 170-pound division; no doubt about it. He’s a force to be reckoned with. Usually, when guys come into the UFC for the first time, they’re real nervous, and this guy has got nerves of steel obviously because of what he does for a living. This is a hobby compared [to that]. We’re very, very impressed with him.”
Updates on how bout agreements are progressing as the time gets closer.