Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | 11:03 a.m.
Las Vegas-based fighter Martin Kampmann is close to signing a deal to take on Paulo Thiago in a welterweight bout June 12 at UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
According to sources close to the negotiations, both sides have verbally agreed to the bout and should sign official agreements as early as next week.
Kampmann (16-3), who trains full-time at Xtreme Couture, was forced to pull out of a welterweight contest with Ben Saunders at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey because of a cut over his right eye he suffered while training in February.
In a recent interview with The Las Vegas Sun, Kampmann had expressed a desire to compete as early as May but admitted it was likely he would have to wait until June before returning to the octagon.
Kampmann is coming off a first-round win by submission over Jacob Volkmann in his last fight.
Thiago (13-1) is quickly making his way up the welterweight ladder with wins in three of his four fights in the UFC. He’s already defeated top welterweights Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick but lost a unanimous decision to Jon Fitch at UFC 100.