MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Kampmann retires, Holm will fight before Rousey rematch

UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann retires at 33 to focus on family Martin Kampmann announced Wednesday on that he is retiring from the sport to focus on his family after a stint coaching at Team Alpha Male. “I’ve known for a while,” Kampmann  told the website. “I just haven’t really made it official. I’m not sure why.” Kampmann (20-7)  hasn’t fought since a 2013 loss Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 27. He fought 17-times in the UFC including wins over Carlos Condit, Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger. In January 2014, Kampmann took a hiatus from fighting due to damage from multiple concussions. He also had a stint coaching at Team Alpha Male. The 33-year old has moved back to Denmark after the recent birth of his third child.   Holly Holm will fight before Ronda Rousey rematch UFC President Dana White made the announcement Wednesday evening on UFC Tonight that UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm will not fight Ronda Rousey next. “Holly Holm will fight before she fights Ronda,” White said. The UFC President did not confirm an opponent or date when her night fight could take place. One would have to think former title challenger Miesha Tate will be next in line. White also mentioned when we could see former bantamweight champion back in the octagon “You will see Ronda Rousey fight again, [She] has some well-deserved time off, but she will fight this year.” White said.   Bellator 150 adds David Rickels vs. Bobby Cooper  A pair of lightweights have been added to the Bellator 150 card on Feb. 26th. Rickels (16-4) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Michael Chandler in their rematch this past November. Prior to that he earned a “No Contest” due to illegal knee against John Alessio last June. Cooper (12-5) he has won three of his last five fights including a win over over Pablo Villaseca in June (the same Pablo Villaseca who fought Josh Thomson recently). Bellator 150 airs live on Spike TV on Feb. 26th and is headlined by the rematch between Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas for the bantamweight title.   Derek Anderson vs. Ryan Couture completes Bellator 148 main card Ryan Couture finally has a fight booked. Per MMAJunkie, the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture will fight Derek Anderson on Jan. 29th. Couture (10-3) comes into this fight with four straight wins, including back to back victories in Bellator who he signed with in 2014. A lightweight fight between Derek Anderson and Ryan Couture will round out the Bellator 148 main card set for later this month. Anderson (13-2) is coming off a controversial split-decision victory over Patricky Freire at Bellator 147 in December. Bellator 148 takes place Jan. 29th at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Here’s an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson Derek Anderson vs. Ryan Couture PRELIMINARY CARD Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa Art Arciniega vs. Justin Smitley Mason Fowler vs. Idris Wasi Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego  

Written by James Lynch

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