by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Martin Kampmann is out of the announced main event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first foray into Northern Ireland. He was scheduled to enter the Octagon to face the #4 ranked middleweight fighter in the world and former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.
According to his manager, Ken Pavia of Pavia, Ciscone, & Associates, Kampmann injured his knee while wrestling in training last week at UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s gym in Las Vegas, Nev.
“Martin’s out,” said Pavia. And it is likely that he may stay that way for the next few months. Pavia stated that they have gone through initial examinations that are indicative of a severe enough injury to keep Kampmann out of the June 16 bout with Franklin, but didn’t want to get into the specifics of the injury until they go through a second examination to accurately verify the extent of the damage.
Even if the injury to the knee is the worst of what initial examinations indicate, which would likely include surgery and Kampmann being out of action for the next 6 months or so, Pavia was optimistic.
“Martin is obviously devastated. He was really looking forward to fighting Rich Franklin in a UFC main event,” said Pavia. “But many guys have come back from much more devastating injuries and we’re confident that Martin will be back stronger than ever.”
Kampmann made his successful UFC debut in August of 2006 with a submission of Crafton Wallace after a one-fight stint in the World Fighting Alliance. Wallace was the first of three consecutive UFC victories for the Aarhus, Denmark native, which also included a unanimous decision over Thales Leites and a submission of Miletich fighter Drew McFedries at UFC 68.
With a professional MMA record of 15-2, Kampmann was just gaining momentum and rising through the ranks of the UFC. A win over Franklin would have likely propelled him into title contender status and possibly landed him a shot at the winner of the Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt UFC Middleweight Championship fight scheduled for July 7 in Sacramento, Calif.