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.

“I’m tired of the judges’ decisions — especially since the judges don’t 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 didn’t see it my way, so I don’t want to go to the judges’ decision. I’m tired of the judges’ decision.”

Though 13 of his 18 MMA victories have come by either submission or knockout, the Danish welterweight hasn’t finished an opponent in two years. After submitting Jacob Volkmann at UFC 108, Kampmann’s 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.

“That’s in the past; I can’t change that,” Kampmann said of the Sanchez fight. “Maybe we’ll fight again some other time and I’ll beat him and this time finish it. But it’s not something I dwell upon. It’s not going to do me any good. It’s in the past and that’s 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 he’s 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. He’s not going to come in and just try to win a boring decision. He’s there to fight. He tries to finish his opponents and I’m there to finish him. It’s 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 can’t afford to brawl with Alves.

“He’s 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. Thiago’s got some heavy hands, so I’ve definitely got to be careful. I can’t 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 who’s got heavy hands like him that’s a big risk.

“I think I’ll 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, I’d love a rematch,” Kampmann said. “I think he wants to fight me, too. At least he’s told me that before. He’s a competitor and I’m sure he’d want to get a chance to erase that loss. Now he’s got the title and he has a target on his back. Everybody wants to fight him. Of course I’d love to fight him again and I think me having a win over him — that would make a good fight.

“But of course, I’ve got to beat Thiago Alves first. So that’s my focus.”

IT’S ALL THE SAME TO KAMPMANN

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 didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 bout’s duration.

“It’s a three-rounder,” Kampmann told QMI Agency. “I wasn’t 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 they’ve got to change it. But not for this one. It’s 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 it’s a three-round fight and I’ll win it either way.”2/02/25/slow-start-again-proves-costly


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