Martin Kampmann's Long Wait Ends against Condit

"I want to get back on a win streak. I’m very motivated and feel that I’m in a good place to show it on August 28th." - Martin Kampmann
UFC welterweight Martin KampmannIt’s been a long year for Martin Kampmann. The welterweight contender headed into a November 2012 showdown with Johny Hendricks riding a three fight win streak, and he hoped to earn a title shot in the process of beating the powerful wrestler.

Instead, Hendricks knocked Kampmann out early in the first round and is now the one set to face champion Georges St-Pierre this November. The Dane has not fought since that devastating loss.

But on Wednesday, he gets a chance to right his course against former interim titleholder Carlos Condit, whom he faced and beat back in 2009. Many fighters choose not to watch bad losses of theirs for fear that it will mess with their heads.

Heading into his rematch with Condit, “The Hitman” says he’s watched his loss to Hendricks.

“I’ve seen it,” he says plainly. “Of course, it is hard to watch. I f**ked up and it sucks.”

Having to sit on a loss as your last fight for so long before getting a chance to win again made matters even worse. “When you get a loss you want to get back in there and erase it. You want to get back on a win streak,” Kampmann explains.

“When you watch the fights and you can’t train because you’re injured it’s hard, physically and mentally…I really wanted to get in there but I just had too many outside things to deal with and injuries. It would not have been a smart thing to do.”

So, Kampmann waited, and worked and healed. And he trained around his injuries when he could.

During a stretch when he had thirty cc’s of fluid taken out of a knee, for example, Kampmann got into the gym to lift weights for his upper body. When he could put weight on his knee, he got in the ring and moved around without contact. “I did whatever I could,” he says.

Kampmann may have been out of the limelight for nearly a year at this point, but he’s stayed moving and he says he’s ready and eager to fight Condit again at UFC Fight Night in Indianapolis.

“I want to get back on a win streak. I’m very motivated and feel that I’m in a good place to show it on August 28th,” the 31-year-old says.

“It is an honor for the UFC to put us in the main event spot. The reason they are doing that is that they know we fight. We come in and go for the finish. We go for the kill.”

Kampmann is certain that he can beat Condit again, despite holding his opponent in high regard. “I feel I match up well wherever the fight goes,” he says.

“We are both very well rounded fighters. He’s got really good jiu-jitsu and is dangerous off his back. He’s dangerous on top as well, but he goes for the finish even when he’s in tough spots and on the bottom. His standup striking is unorthodox. He does spinning elbows and flying knees that, while risky, can finish a fight if they work out. He mixes his game up and I plan to go for the finish, too. That’s a recipe for a great fight,” Kampmann smiles.

Their first encounter was certainly exciting as well as evenly-matched. Kampmann won a close decision.

This time out, however, the fighter out of Vegas is sure that he’ll finish Condit. Why is Kampmann so certain that he can finish Condit inside of their scheduled five rounds? Well, because he has no interest in fighting for five straight rounds, that’s why. “I have five rounds to do it. That’s a long time,” Kampmann chuckles.

“I want to get the finish. I’m going to finish him so I don’t have to go five rounds.”

Watch Past Fights

토요일, 11월 5
Mexico City, Mexico


UFC Minute 진행자 리사 포일스가 UFC 205 대회 공동메인이벤트 타이런 우들리 vs. 스티븐 톰슨 경기에 대해 소개한다. 웰터급의 양 선수는 훈련캠프에서 소소한 즐거움을 맛보고 있다.
2016. 10. 21
UFC Minute 진행자 리사 포일스가 불꽃튀는 경쟁이 펼쳐지는 미들급 현황에 대해 소개한다. 게가드 무사시가 현 챔피언 마이클 비스핑에게 도전장을 내민다. 양 선수는 설전에 돌입했다.
2016. 10. 20
UFC Minute 진행자 리사 포일스가 제공하는 뉴욕시 개최 UFC 205 대회 관련 이벤트 정보.
한 주 쉬어가는 UFC 랭킹 발표. UFC 랭킹 보고서에서 미처 방영하지 못했던 장면들 중 가장 웃긴 부분을 선별해 공개한다. 포레스트 그리핀과 맷 파리노의 입담을 확인해볼 수 있는 드문 기회다.
2016. 10. 19