UFC Welterweight fighter Martin Kampmann recently spoke with MMA Junkie Radio about his fighting career, new position of team Alpha Male and the possibility of returning to the Octagon. Check it out below.
Looking back on his fighting career: “I enjoy fighting, but I’m taking a break from fighting right now, anyway. So it’s nice to have something to occupy my time. It could be just a lucky streak right here, but if I do well in some other (poker tournaments), we’ll see.”
Kampmann (20-7) has 8 knockouts, 7 submissions and 4 wins by decision, he has lost by knockout five times.
How does he like teaching at Alpha Male, which led to reports that he was taking a job there: “I think maybe everyone jumped the gun a little bit. I had a good time up there, and Urijah’s a good guy. I definitely can see myself going into some coaching – I enjoy coaching guys that want to fight and have the desire to compete. It’s something I want to do more in.”
Will he ever return to the Octagon?
“There’s no projected date (to fight) right now. I’m still just laying low. I don’t want to put any date on it. I’m still training here and there, but I’m trying to recover from the injuries and not (mess) myself up. I’m getting more into coaching and stuff like that, and I have poker and some other business ventures I’m trying out, setting myself up for when I’m done fighting. It puts things in perspective that I won’t be fighting forever.”
Kampmann is known for his great wars inside the cage, but in his last five not so much. He is 3-2 in his last five fights. He beat Rick Story’s unanimous decision at UFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson on Nov / 19 / 2011, then Thiago Alves via Guillotine Choke at UFC on FX 2 – Alves vs. Kampmann on Mar / 03 / 2012, and then Jake Ellenberger via TKO at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on Jun / 01 / 2012. He lost against Johny Hendricks via knockout at UFC 154 – St. Pierre vs. Condit on Nov / 17 / 2012 and then Carlos Condit via TKO at UFC Fight Night – Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on Aug / 28 / 2013.