Kampmann looking to finish next fight

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

Martin Kampmann has had enough of the judges.

I want to get a finish, Kampmann said to QMI Agency over the phone.

Im tired of the judges decisions especially since the judges dont seem to see things my way.

I got screwed a couple times where I should have won the fights. Everybody knows I should have won. The judges didnt see it my way, so I dont want to go to the judges decision. Im tired of the judges decision.

Though 13 of his 18 MMA victories have come by either submission or knockout, the Danish welterweight hasnt finished an opponent in two years. After submitting Jacob Volkmann at UFC 108, Kampmanns next four outings saw him leave it in the judges hands.

Kampmann is still baffled how he lost twice during this run.

The first was a close bout with Jake Shields, the second a complete robbery against Diego Sanchez. His most recent fight saw him snap the two-fight skid with a decision victory over Rick Story.

Thats in the past; I cant change that, Kampmann said of the Sanchez fight. Maybe well fight again some other time and Ill beat him and this time finish it. But its not something I dwell upon. Its not going to do me any good. Its in the past and thats how it is.

Kampmann will look to make a statement when he faces Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC on FX 2 in Sydney on March 3.

Due to the time difference, the card will air live in North America on March 2. The show will also feature the first stage of a four-man tournament to crown a first-ever UFC flyweight champion (125 pounds).

Kampmann said hes thrilled to face someone as aggressive as Alves.

I think he makes exciting fights, Kampmann said. I like to fight guys that make exciting fights. Hes not going to come in and just try to win a boring decision. Hes there to fight. He tries to finish his opponents and Im there to finish him. Its going to make for an exciting fight.

A dangerous Muay Thai striker with KO power and vicious knees, Alves holds impressive victories over Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes and Chris Lytle. He challenged Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight championship at UFC 100 in 2009, but came up short on the judges scorecards.

Kampmann admitted he cant afford to brawl with Alves.

Hes got heavy hands, Kampmann began. I like to counter-strike, but I like to get in there and mix it up. It depends what my opponent is giving me. Thiagos got some heavy hands, so Ive definitely got to be careful. I cant come in and just start swinging ... I think that would be a poor strategy. I might catch him with a good shot, but whenever you go in and brawl, you put yourself at risk, too. With a guy whos got heavy hands like him thats a big risk.

I think Ill be a bit more methodical in my boxing and pick my shots until I can go in for the kill.

Kampmann is the last man to defeat newly-crowned interim champion Carlos Condit. The two engaged in one of the best fights of 2009, a scrap that saw Kampmann win by split decision.

The Xtreme Couture fighter said he hopes to get another crack at Condit in the near future.

Of course, Id love a rematch, Kampmann said. I think he wants to fight me, too. At least hes told me that before. Hes a competitor and Im sure hed want to get a chance to erase that loss. Now hes got the title and he has a target on his back. Everybody wants to fight him. Of course Id love to fight him again and I think me having a win over him that would make a good fight.

But of course, Ive got to beat Thiago Alves first. So thats my focus.


There has been some confusion recently over which UFC main events are five-round affairs. The original plan was that only pay-per-view and FOX headliners would last the full 25 minutes, while FX and FUEL TV mains would be three-rounders. But the UFC didnt communicate this as clearly as it could have, leaving a number of fans puzzled as to why the recent bout between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger at UFC on

FUEL 1 wasnt a five-round scrap.

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White admitted the organization made a mistake and that all headliners will be five rounds from now on.

However, the upcoming main event between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann will remain a three-round fight.

Kampmann admitted even he was confused about the bouts duration.

Its a three-rounder, Kampmann told QMI Agency. I wasnt actually sure about that. I thought it was going to be a five-rounder. I thought all main events are supposed to be five rounds, but my bout agreement said three rounds.

I think it was only pay-per-views and FOX main events that were five rounds, but now theyve got to change it. But not for this one. Its already signed. I could have prepared for a five-round fight. I just would have liked to know more than three weeks in advance. A five-round fight might have been beneficial to me. I think I have better cardio than Thiago Alves and a five-round fight could have been beneficial. But its a three-round fight and Ill win it either way.2/02/25/slow-start-again-proves-costly