If you’ve been holding out hope that Martin Kampmann might return to the Octagon at some point, well, it looks like that’s not going to happen.
In a report posted at UFC.com, Kampmann has announced that he’s retiring from professional fighting. The 33 year-old intends to spend more time with his family in Denmark, and while he said “you never know” to a comeback, Kampmann has hung up the gloves.
The “Hitman” hadn’t fought since back in August, 2013, when he was taken out by Carlos Condit (Kampmann earned a split decision win over the welterweight contender a few years earlier). Since then Kampmann battled some issues with a concussion, and he also coached Team Alpha Male for a while in Sacramento.
While reflecting on his career, here is some of what Kampmann had to say:
“I had ups and downs, had some great wins and also had some tough losses, but that’s the name of the game,” Kampmann said. “It’s a volatile game. You can have big up swings and also tough losses. But every fight, I always came to fight and I tried to finish the fights. I’ve never been one of the guys that just tried to squeak out a boring win. I went in there to fight. Sometimes that can bite you in the ass too, if you come in with a good game plan but then take a punch and you get too emotional and you want to fight. But I definitely had that desire inside to put on a fight, and I think that showed in my fights.”
There’s no question that when Kampmann was fighting, you didn’t want to miss it. He had several memorable battles, including his 2011 war with Diego Sanchez. In addition to Condit, the Danish fighter also scored wins over notable opponents like Thiago Alves, Rick Story and Thales Leites.
Kampmann made his pro debut back in 2003, and he closes out his career having gone 20-7. The retired fighter said that he’s “sure” he’ll remain involved in MMA in terms of training and or coaching.