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Matchup of welterweight contenders set for UFC 103 in Dallas

The UFC has officially announced that it will be headed to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 19 for UFC 103. The UFC's previous trip to Texas was in 2007 for UFC 69 in Houston.

Four fights have been scheduled for the event, including a welterweight matchup between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann, with the winner earning the next title shot against the defending champion Georges St. Pierre.

"I'm excited the UFC is heading back to Texas," said UFC president Dana White. "Our event in Houston was a great success. Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann could be fight of the night at UFC 103 because the winner takes on Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title."

Other announced fights include Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca. The main event has yet to be announced.

Swick will carry a hometown advantage over Kampmann in the welterweight bout as a Houston native. Swick was last seen in an impressive knockout win over Ben Saunders at UFC 99 in Germany. Kampmann is a former middleweight-turned welterweight with six overall wins in the UFC.

Josh Koscheck represents one of the more experienced fighters in the welterweight division but that might not help him against a man like Frank Trigg, who has met Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Dennis Hallman in the Octagon. UFC 103 will be Trigg's first fight in the UFC since 2005.

Kampmann, Trigg and Griffin all fight out Las Vegas.

Tickets for the event go on sale July 18.

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