Middleweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Nate Marquardt will square off at UFC 89 on October 18th in Birmingham, England, according to MMA Weekly.
The bout was originally rumored to be taking place at UFC 88 in September.
Kampmann (17-2) is undefeated inside the octagon with wins over Crafton Wallace, Thales Leites, Drew McFedries, and, most recently at UFC 85 in June, Jorge Rivera. Kampmann was to take on Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 72 in June 2007 with a middleweight title shot likely on the line but was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a knee injury. The injury kept Kampmann out of action for over a year but he picked up where he left off, defeating Jorge Rivera via first-round submission to win his ninth-straight fight and fourth-straight in the UFC.
Marquardt (26-8-2) started his UFC career with four straight wins before losing to middleweight champion Anderson Silva via first-round TKO at UFC 73 in June 2007. Marquardt bounced back with a second-round submission victory over Jeremy Horn at UFC 81 but lost his next bout to Thales Leites at UFC 85 as a result of two point deductions for kneeing the head of a downed opponent and striking the back of the head. A former King of Pancrase, Marquardt has won 7 of his last 9 fights.