Top 5 Memorable Wars In Martin Kampmann’s UFC Career
5 UFC Battles That Symbolized Martin Kampmann's Warrior Spirit
It certainly didn’t get the publicity that Georges St.Pierre got last month when he announced his sabbatical and vacated his UFC welterweight title, but nonetheless it was still big news. Long-time top-10 welterweight contender Martin Kampmann, who has been with the promotion since 2006, announced that he was taking an extended break from competition. The Danish fighter has compiled an 11-6 record inside the Octagon but was stopped by Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks in his last two fights. After making his promotional debut as a middleweight, “Hitman” went on to a solid tenure in the 170-pound weight class facing several top-flight opponents along the way.
Kampmann’s last effort typified the violent nature of many of his fights. He was stopped in a brutal affair at Fight Night 27 in the fourth round by Condit in their highly anticipated rematch. Kampmann maintains he’s not retiring but says he’s in no rush to make a return to action. His go-for-broke style and solid skill set allowed him to be a contender for a number of years. Kampmann has always been a fighter who would traditionally go for the finish, as evidenced by 15 of his 20 career victories having come by way of knockout or submission, and had the ability to absorb a tremendous amount of punishment which led to many dramatic moments. He was involved in numerous fan-friendly wars and it was a reason why he was able to secure five UFC bonuses when it came to either Fight, Knockout or Submission of the Night.
While a majority of fans would undoubtedly hope to see Kampmann return to action down the road, I thought this would be a good time to reflect on the top five moments of his exciting UFC career. He was never a dominant champion and never received a title shot but Kampmann was definitely the type of fighter that you were always interested in seeing whenever he competed inside the Octagon.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports
5. Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries
This middleweight scrap in 2007 would provide an example of what Kampmann was all about. After being rocked and knocked down several times, Kampmann would eventually earn a Submission of the Night bonus by finishing his opponent with an arm-triangle choke at 4:06 of the opening round
4. Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez
Even though this fight would wind up in the loss column for Kampmann, it produced a Fight of the Night in April of 2009. Kampmann would outstrike Sanchez over three entertaining rounds only to end up on the wrong end of a controversial unanimous decision verdict. Kampmann rocked Sanchez badly in the opening round and the fight produced a number of wild exchanges. Not surprisingly both men were bloodied at the end of a thrilling battle.
3. Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves
Kampmann was seemingly never out of a fight because of his ability to rebound from adversity and his fight against Alves was another exhibit of that. He was badly rocked in the third round of their March 2012 fight but managed to pull off a come-from-behind Submission of the Night by getting Alves to tap to a guillotine choke. The end came at 4:12 of the final frame.
2. Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit 1
Kampmann would utilize his superior grappling skills to get the job done at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009 negating Condit’s dangerous offensive arsenal. Kampmann earned the split-decision nod thanks to a strong takedown game and ground and pound attack. It was an entertaining contest. The pair would meet again in a rematch in Indianapolis at Fight Night 27. Kampmann would fight bravely against the dangerous “Natural Born Killer” only to be stopped in Round 4.
1. Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Ellenberger
Kampmann would pull off a tremendous rally in this June 2012 brawl at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 15. After being knocked down and nearly finished off in the first round by Ellenberger, Kampmann would respond and secure a Knockout of the Night bonus with a second round stoppage. A series of knees would end the proceedings at 1:40 of the middle frame and would cement his legacy as a true comeback king who was never out of a fight.
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