Thursday, April 5, 2007

Franklin to Headline vs. Kampmann

By Josh Gross

The next chapter in Rich Franklin's quest to regain the UFC middleweight crown will unfold on June 16 has learned, when "Ace" faces Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC's first foray into Ireland. In his return to the Octagon after losing the belt to Anderson Silva, the 32-year-old Franklin easily stopped Jason MacDonald in early March. On that same card Kampmann, 24, endured Drew McFedries' power before winning by arm-triangle choke.

Having won each of his three UFC contests, the Dane (15-2-0) gets a chance to prove he belongs among the best at 185 when he steps in against Franklin (21-2-0, 1 NC; 8-1 in the UFC). It's expected Zuffa will officially announce the fight during Thursday's UFC Fight Night telecast from Las Vegas on SpikeTV. Also, a fight between Forrest Griffin and Hector Ramirez is being discussed.

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