If you’ve been wondering why Martin “Hitman” Kampmann hasn’t had a UFC fight lined up since his loss to Carlos Condit in their rematch at Fight Night 27, there’s a good reason. The Danish welterweight, who’s been involved in a number of outstanding and bloody fights during his Octagon tenure, has decided he needs an extended break and is in no rush to return. Kampmann, who was brutally stopped in a four-round war against “The Natural Born Killer” in Indianapolis and prior to that destroyed in just 46 seconds by upcoming title challenger Johny Hendricks at UFC 154, is taking an undetermined hiatus from the sport. He says it’s not a retirement.
Since joining the UFC in 2006, Kampmann has compiled an 11-6 record and has been involved in some tremendous contests against many top-names in the 170-pound division. He’s registered five post-fight bonuses including a sensational come-from-behind Submission of the Night win over Thiago Alves and a dramatic rally in a Knockout of the Night victory over Jake Ellenberger. The closest Kampmann came to a title opportunity was back in 2010 when he lost a close split decision in a title eliminator against Jake Shields at UFC 121.
Kampmann says he’ll know when he’s ready to return to action and admits that of late his passion level hasn’t been the same as it used to be. He’s had his share of concussions in an Octagon tenure that has featured a true warrior’s spirit in the punishment he’s absorbed and the punishment he’s doled out. Kampmann’s never shied away from a good scrap and has also squared off against the likes of Diego Sanchez, Rick Story and Paul Daley during his UFC tenure. He’s recorded 20 career victories with 15 having come by way of knockout or submission.
While fans would hope to see Kampmann return to the Octagon because of his tendency to be involved in exciting battles, they certainly have a pretty solid body of work to remember him by if he were to decide that enough is enough.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports