The UFC will sort out its welterweight contendership picture this summer when top challengers Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann meet in a headlining match-up at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1. Both men are considered to be among the best 170-pounders in MMA and have turned in a number of impressive performances over the past few years.
The bout was confirmed earlier today by the UFC.
Ellenberger is currently riding a six-fight winning streak including consecutive victories over John Howard, Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and most recently Diego Sanchez. The 27-5 Nebraskan’s only loss inside the Octagon came in his Octagon debut by way of Split Decision against interim champion Carlos Condit in a bout he took on short notice.
While Kampmann’s unbeaten run isn’t quite as noteworthy as Ellenberger’s, the polished 29-year old is coming off back-to-back wins against Rick Story and Thiago Alves while also holding past victories over the likes of Condit and Paulo Thiago. He holds an overall record of 19-5 with fourteen finishes to his credit.
No other bouts have been announced for the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale though the event will obviously host the final fight from the current season’s crop of lightweights.
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