Two welterweights known for their striking and explosive power are set to collide in Pittsburgh. Martin Kampmann and John Howard have agreed to do battle at UFC on Versus 4, with both men looking to snap two fight losing streaks.
The UFC announced the match-up earlier today.
Kampmann was on a roll in the welterweight division, winning four out of five bouts before dropping a highly competitive and close split decision to current #1 contender Jake Shields back at UFC 121. After the loss to Shields, Kampmann would be on the wrong side of another controversial decision this past March when he lost to Diego Sanchez in a bout that won Fight of the Night honors.
Howard has dropped two straight of his own, first losing to Jake Ellenberger at UFC Live 1 via doctor’s stoppage after his eye had completely swollen shut in the third round. Most recently, Howard was out performed by former 170 title challenger Thiago Alves at UFC 124 but managed to make it to the judges scorecards, where Alves was declared the winner.
The UFC’s return to the Versus Network is scheduled for June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Also scheduled for the event is a heavyweight slugfest between the hard hitting Cheick Kongo and the charismatic Pat Barry as well as Tyson Griffin making his 145 debut against former title challenger Manny Gamburyan.