March 4, 2011
Bloody Nightmare at UFC on Versus 3Sanchez beats Kampmann in all-out Kentucky slugfest
By CHRIS DOUCETTE, QMI Agency
Mixed martial arts fans were treated to an action-packed UFC card filled with knockouts and bloodshed Thursday night.
And they were able to enjoy the awesome show live on TV for free.
The main event at UFC on Versus at the KFC Yum! Centre in Louisville, Kentucky, was expected to be extremely entertaining, and the two fighters — Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann and Diego (The Dream) Sanchez — didn’t disappoint.
They came out kicking and punching and they didn’t stop until the third round ended 15 minutes later.
And when that final bell sounded, both men were exhausted and bloodied.
All three judges deemed Sanchez — whose face was an absolute mess — the winner.
A chorus of boos from the fans made it clear they disagreed with the decision, but Sanchez said he felt he had done enough to deserve the victory.
“I thought I kept the pressure and controlled the fight,” he said in his post-fight interview.
Sanchez, who won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter back in 2005, then dedicated the fight to his son.
Kampmann completely disagreed with the decision.
“I’m very disappointed, I don’t know the words for this, I just feel I won the fight,” the Danish Thai boxing champ said. “And I think I broke my hand.”
If Kampmann hadn’t lost his last fight to Jake Shields, he’d be fighting welterweight champ Georges St.-Pierre for his belt in Toronto Apr. 30 at UFC 129. So he was hoping for a win to get back into the mix of contenders vying for a shot at the title.
GSP was on hand to enjoy the show, which was the first ever in the Blue Grass State and was also broadcast in 3D.
The Knockout of the Night should go to Shane Roller.
He seemed outmatched and was taking somewhat of a beating from fellow lightweight Thiago Tavares. But early in the second round, Roller threw a flurry of jabs that missed and then struck with a tremendous straight right hand that landed right on the button.
Tavares was out cold as he fell to the mat, which by then was soaked with blood from an earlier bout between two tough middleweights.
Chris (The All-American) Weidman and Allessio (Legionarius) Sakara went to war for three rounds and they were both blood-soaked by the end of their battle.
But the blood was all from Sakara, who was cut twice during the brawl, once over each eye.
Weidman, a protege of former UFC champ Matt Serra, was ecstatic with his win by unanimous decision. It was his debut in the octagon, and he took the fight with just two weeks notice after Rafael Natal was injured.
“This was the chance of a lifetime,” he said to Joe Rogan afterward as he thanked the UFC for calling him up to the big show.
The re-match between bantamweights Brian Bowles and Damacio Page ended exactly the same way as their 2008 scrap, with Bowles locking in a guillotine choke and Page going to sleep.
Igor Pokrajac landed a kick to the head of fellow middleweight Todd Brown, then followed up with a solid knee to the face leaving him unable to continue after the first round.
And Mark Munoz, 33, knocked out CB Dollaway, putting a stop to the 27-year-old’s three fight win streak.