After reporting yesterday that Martin Kampmann was likely to face a UFC newcomer in his welterweight debut we have confirmation, via the MMA Weekly MMA Insider Blog, that he’ll do just that, facing off against Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 on January 17th in Dublin, Ireland.
A member of the Gracie Barra Combat Team, Barros holds a 13-5 mark as a professional and is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. After losing four of five fights between 2000 and 2004, including losses to Matt Hughes and Aaron Riley, “Baixinho” has rebounded for nine-straight victories, including a unanimous decision victory in September in his most-recent action.
A middleweight up-and-comer, Kampmann reeled off nine-straight victories between 2005 and 2008, including four-straight wins over Crafton Wallace, Thales Leites, Drew McFedries, and Jorge Rivera to begin his UFC career. However, he was prompted to drop to welterweight after being dismantled by middleweight contender Nate Marquardt via strikes in just 82-seconds at UFC 88 in September.
The matchup joins Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin, Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle, Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang, Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares, Thomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati, Nate Mohr vs. Denis Siver, Andre Gusmao vs. Antonio Mendes, Abdul Mohamed, and Tom Egan vs. John Hathaway on the UFC 93 lineup.