February 26, 2012
Kampmann looking to finish next fight
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency
Martin Kampmann has had enough of the judges.
ďI want to get a finish,Ē Kampmann said to QMI Agency over the phone.
ďIím tired of the judgesí decisions ó especially since the judges donít seem to see things my way.
ďI got screwed a couple times where I should have won the fights. Everybody knows I should have won. The judges didnít see it my way, so I donít want to go to the judgesí decision. Iím tired of the judgesí decision.Ē
Though 13 of his 18 MMA victories have come by either submission or knockout, the Danish welterweight hasnít finished an opponent in two years. After submitting Jacob Volkmann at UFC 108, Kampmannís next four outings saw him leave it in the judgesí 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.
ďThatís in the past; I canít change that,Ē Kampmann said of the Sanchez fight. ďMaybe weíll fight again some other time and Iíll beat him and this time finish it. But itís not something I dwell upon. Itís not going to do me any good. Itís in the past and thatís how it is.Ē
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 heís thrilled to face someone as aggressive as Alves.
ďI think he makes exciting fights,Ē Kampmann said. ďI like to fight guys that make exciting fights. Heís not going to come in and just try to win a boring decision. Heís there to fight. He tries to finish his opponents and Iím there to finish him. Itís going to make for an exciting fight.Ē
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 judgesí scorecards.
Kampmann admitted he canít afford to brawl with Alves.
ďHeís got heavy hands,Ē Kampmann began. ďI like to counter-strike, but I like to get in there and mix it up. It depends what my opponent is giving me. Thiagoís got some heavy hands, so Iíve definitely got to be careful. I canít 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 whoís got heavy hands like him thatís a big risk.
ďI think Iíll be a bit more methodical in my boxing and pick my shots until I can go in for the kill.Ē
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.
ďOf course, Iíd love a rematch,Ē Kampmann said. ďI think he wants to fight me, too. At least heís told me that before. Heís a competitor and Iím sure heíd want to get a chance to erase that loss. Now heís got the title and he has a target on his back. Everybody wants to fight him. Of course Iíd love to fight him again and I think me having a win over him ó that would make a good fight.
ďBut of course, Iíve got to beat Thiago Alves first. So thatís my focus.Ē
ITíS 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 didnít 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 wasnít 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 boutís duration.
ďItís a three-rounder,Ē Kampmann told QMI Agency. ďI wasnít 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.
ďI think it was only pay-per-views and FOX main events that were five rounds, but now theyíve got to change it. But not for this one. Itís 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 itís a three-round fight and Iíll win it either way.Ē2/02/25/slow-start-again-proves-costly