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UFC 103 Preview: Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley

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Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann, one of MMA's top European imports opened a lot of eyes with his decision victory over Carlos Condit earlier this year. With two victories this year since dropping down to welterweight, Martin is quickly getting some buzz as a possible future opponent for world champion Georges St. Pierre. Kampmann is noted for his striking, he has almost as many victories by submission. Under the tutelage of the staff at Xtreme Couture, Kampmann appears to have a world of potential. Griffin has a professional record of 15-2 with seven wins coming by way of knockout and five wins coming by way of submission. The combined career winning percentage of the opponents that he has faced so far in his career is 67.4%.

The UFC has made some major inroads into the U.K. market in the past couple of years. So it was only fitting that they hired one of the U.K.'s top welterweights. Paul Daley is a noted striker with an aggressive style. Despite some noteworthy wins, many fans on this side of the Atlantic are most familiar with Paul from his second round submission loss to Jake Shields last Fall. Daley performed very well in that fight and really pushed Shields. Daley has a professional record of 21-8-2 with sixteen wins coming by way of knockout and one win coming by way of submission. The combined career winning percentage of the opponents that he has faced so far in his career is 59.4%.

Joe Silva always does a great in regard to matchmaking. Saturday's PPV is no exception and I'm expecting a fair number of decisions. But I'll be shocked if this one makes it to the scorecards. This matchup promises fireworks. I think that, ultimately, Kampmann has a brighter future but I've got a feeling that Daley might take this one. My prediction: Paul Daley pulls off the upset with a TKO in the third.