Rising welterweight Martin Kampmann has declined a reported bout against TJ Grant at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale and instead has his sights set on a bout against a higher-ranked opponent.
Here’s what Kampmann told Versus.com:
“No disrespect to T.J. Grant, but I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any sense for me at the moment. I want to fight some higher ranked guys. I never even knew who the guy was, and he’s probably a tough guy, but I want to fight guys who make sense for me and who can escalate me up the ladder more, so I didn’t accept that fight. I don’t know what happened, but apparently some miscommunication somewhere because I saw it all over the internet.
“If I’m thinking with my b*lls, I’ll take any fight that comes up. But I got to be smart about my career and take the fights that make sense for me, and I don’t think that fight makes sense for me at this time. Maybe when he gets some more wins in the UFC and builds up some good wins in the UFC, then maybe will meet somewhere along the road later.”
Kampmann is reportedly eying the winners of Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders and Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis at UFC 99 as potential opponents for his next fight.
Grant is expected to remain on the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale card, but will instead meet a different opponent that is still to-be-determined.
[Pictured: Martin Kampmann]