Before Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey meet in their highly-anticipated women’s bantamweight title fight this Saturday night, Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann will throw down on Friday night in what is sure to be a thrilling welterweight scrap in the UFC on FX 2 main event.
Both fighters are trying to climb their way back up the welterweight ladder and both are very confident the other has a world of hurt in store for them this weekend.
Speaking to MMA Weekly, Alves said he plans to “break” Kampmann when they meet Friday night.
“I know I’ve got the power and explosion advantage. We’re going to try and break Martin Kampmann.
“It doesn’t matter where the fight goes. It’s going to be my fight. I’m very concerned with what I’m going to do to him. I’m going to try to break him whether it’s in the stand-up or on the ground. I have all the respect in the world for Martin Kampmann and his camp, but I truly believe that I’m going to break him, it doesn’t matter where the fight goes.”
Meanwhile, Kampmann vowed to “finish” Alves in an interview with Heavy.com.
“I’m going to finish this fight. I’m tired of these decisions, and I’m going to finish Thiago. He’s a tough guy and he’s beaten some of the best fighters in the welterweight division. He’s defeated Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, and I definitely believe he’s one of the better fighters in the weight class.
“I think it’s a good matchup. We both like to strike and mix it up. I believe having well-rounded skills will be a factor in this fight, but Alves has pretty good takedown defense. He has been taken down a bit more in some of his recent fights and if he gives me the opportunity, I’ll take him down, too.”
It’s definitely a tough fight to call. Both fighters are well rounded and capable of handling themselves pretty much wherever the fight goes. I would say Kampmann is the craftier of the two, but that could easily be negated by Alves’ explosiveness and power. I’m not sure who will take it, but I do expect the fight to play out on the feet as long as Alves wants it to. I just don’t see Kampmann taking him down unless he catches him off-guard or off-balance.
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