UFC welterweight Rick Story will get another chance to prove he’s ready for a title shot when he faces MMA veteran Martin Kampmann at UFC 139. The fight was announced by UFC officials on August 17, even though both fighters are yet to sign on the dotted line. UFC 139 will be held on November 19, and the MMA card is already taking shape.
The fight between Kampmann and Story does make a lot of sense. Kampmann was on his way to a title shot, before getting sidetracked a couple of tough losses against high-level MMA fighters. Kampmann is currently coming off a loss to “Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Diego Sanchez, who got a controversial decision against the Danish MMA fighter at “UFC Live 3.”
To make things worse, Kampmann suffered a similar fate in his previous MMA fight against Jake Shields at UFC 121.
Story was also on the road to a title shot, going on a six fight win streak that he capped off by ending rising welterweight Johny Hendricks’s undefeated MMA record, followed up by an impressive victory over Thiago Alves at UFC 130.
Story ran into some problems at “UFC Live 4,” losing to last minute replacement Charlie Brenneman by unanimous decision. Brenneman surprised MMA fans early in the “UFC Live 4” fight between the two, beating Story at his game and outwrestling the 26 year old for 15 minutes.
Brenneman earned a lot of new fans with his performance at “UFC Live 4,” but for Story it was a crushing end to an incredible run. With the chance to face Kampmann at UFC 139, Story couldn’t have been given a better opportunity to redeem himself.
Given the contrasting styles between the two MMA fighters, fans should be in for a treat when the two meet at UFC 139. Without a question, the winner of the fight will once again earn the right to inject themselves into the title conversation.