Two of the welterweight division’s hottest fighters will collide this summer in headlining action at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale with contendership implications at play in the form of a bout between well-rounded Dane Martin Kampmann and streaking powerhouse Jake Ellenberger. Each man is in the midst of a winning streak and likely in line for a title-shot with one more instance of success.

UFC officials have confirmed the June 1 fight.

Ellenberger’s recent run has been one of the most impressive in all of MMA with six straight wins over solid competition such as Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and Diego Sanchez. He holds an overall record of 27-5 with 22 finishes including seventeen via strike-based stoppage.

Comparably, Kampmann is 19-5 with seven TKOs and seven submissions. The 29-year old “Hitman” is 10-4 inside the Octagon including wins at both 170 and 185 pounds. Among the opponents he’s beaten are Jorge Rivera, Thales Leites, Paulo Thiago, Rick Story, Thiago Alves, and Carlos Condit.

The bout between Ellenberger-Kampmann will serve as the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale main event with the season’s final 155-pound match-up playing co-headliner.


MMATraining Take: This fight has the makings of something incredible either in terms of an all-out war or brutal knockout. Ellenberger’s power could be too much for Kampmann’s occasionally suspect chin, though Kampmann’s grappling and kickboxing are impressive to the point of possibly derailing Ellenberger’s current momentum. It also sets up an opponent for interim champ Condit if Georges St. Pierre isn’t healthy or someone who can wait eight months and fight the winner of Condit-GSP.