UFC on Versus 3 Results: Diego Sanchez survives the Nightmare, defeats Martin Kampmann via Unanimous DecisionPosted on March 3, 2011, 10:46 PM by Anton Gurevich
From "The Nightmare" to just a "Dream", former UFC Lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez survived Martin Kampmann's perfect first round, fighting his way back to victory during rounds two and three.
Kampmann was clearly the better man during the first minutes of the fight, landing crisp striking combinations, and defending all of Diego Sanchez's takedown attempts. Sanchez was bleeding from his mouth, looking completely out of his gameplan against the crafty Dane.
However, Sanchez managed to adjust his gameplan in round two, emphasizing more on his striking. Kampmann was still displaying a highly impressive takedowns defense, but this time he was wobbled by Sanchez, who executed a perfectly-timed combination. Sanchez made a statement at the end of the round with a flurry, hurting "The Hitman" once again.
Sanchez continued to attack in Round 3, with more strikes and takedown attempts. But this time Kampmann was highly effective as a counter-striker in Round 3, once again with a great takedown defense, knees and sharp boxing.
In the end, the judges called it 29-28 (two rounds to one) in favor of the busted up Diego Sanchez, who improves his MMA record to 23-4. It's a second consecutive victory for "The Dream" who now looks one stop closer to being in the mix for the UFC Welterweight title shot.
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