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UFC 139: Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story, Rafael dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau, Jon Fitch Possible

Fight announcements for UFC 139 are beginning to trickle out again as the UFC announced a pair of match-ups in the past 24 hours.

First up, Martin Kampmann will return to action against Rick Story on the card. Kampmann is coming off consecutive losses to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez which likely puts him in a must-win situation. Meanwhile, just when Rick Story was beginning to make a name for himself, he took a fight on short notice against Nate Marquardt only to have the rug pulled out from under him at the last minute which resulted in a loss to Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 4. This fight with Kampmann gives him the opportunity to put that behind him and restart his climb up the welterweight ladder.

A lightweight bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Gleison Tibau was also announced. Dos Anjos is coming off  a big win over George Sotiropolous while Tibau is coming off a pair of victories over Rafaello Oliveira and Kurt Pellegrino.

And last but not least is Jon Fitch. Nothing is official yet, but Fitch has been medically cleared to fight following shoulder surgery and he wants to fight at UFC 139 in San Jose where he trains out of. Notably, Fitch has dropped his demand to only fight “main eventers” and says he’ll fight whoever they put in front of him. Who that will be, if he does indeed make it on this card, isn’t certain yet, but one name floating out there is Johny Hendricks.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • Anonymous

    boooooooo put fitch against rory macdonald i think the young gun has what it takes to finnish off fitch

    • Jacob Berezansky

      Georges didn’t.

      • Lanfear

        MacDonald is way more aggresive than GSP.

    • Matt Silliman

      I couldn’t agree more, Rory Macdonald is the best match-up for Fitch.  Clearly Macdonald has the tools to compete at the top so I hope they don’t feed him anything less.  

  • Jacob Berezansky

    Fitch VS Hendricks is kind of lame. Fitch should be fighting GSP not Nick Diaz. He wanted to rematch Penn. That clearly is what should happen.

    • Lanfear

      I agree. I also hope Penn destroys Fitch and sends him on his way to the undercards.

  • Rb

    I hope kampmann doesn’t get cut.. both loses to sanchez and shields were very very close.

    • Lanfear

      It’s okay, he will destroy Story.

    • Matt Silliman

      I doubt they will cut Kampmann, considering how close/controversial his loss was to Sanchez and his fight with Shields was also very close. But I doubt he will lose to story.

  • Anonymous

    I really like Story and Kampmann, so this is a tough fight for me. I would like to see both of them get back on track, jus not at each others expense. Johnny vs Fitch would be a very enteresting match. Johnny will push the pace against Fitch and maybe we will finally get some of that exciement Fitch has been talkin about. Dos Anjos vs Tibau will also be a good litmus test for each. The winner will def deserve a step up in competition. So far 139 is stackin up very well. I really hope they get a big time main event for this card, cause there are alot of very stacked cards before it!

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