Two welterweights looking to avoid three losses in a row will meet at UFC on Versus 4. Martin Kampmann will face John Howard in a bout on the fight card set for Pittsburgh on June 26.
The UFC made the official announcement about the fight on Wednesday.
Kampmann (17-5) technically enters his next fight on a two-fight losing streak, but the context of those losses should be noted. The first was a split decision loss to current UFC welterweight title contender Jake Shields, in which Kampmann definitely had his moments against the fighter who will challenge champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129.
The second loss was a controversial decision to Diego Sanchez back in March. When the fight was over, Sanchez was left a bloody mess, but the judges scored the fight in his favor, leaving Kampmann with a loss. Now he’ll look for a bit of redemption in June.
John Howard (14-6) has also had a mishap or two on his way to consecutive losses. While there was no doubt Howard came up short in his last fight against Thiago Alves, he didn’t really get to finish his fight against Jake Ellenberger last August.
A gigantic mouse appeared on Howard’s eye during the fight, and the ringside doctor felt it best to stop the action. Howard obviously wanted to continue, but medically, it just didn’t seem prudent to the medical staff.
Howard has been trying to land in a fight against rival Anthony Johnson, but it appears the UFC has other plans.
Kampmann vs. Howard will take place at UFC on Versus 4 in June, but there’s been no word if the fight will grace the main card or not.