Heading into this UFC 154 show down with Johny Hendricks, not only had Martin Kampmann won three straight fights, but in some people’s minds, he had also defeated Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez to make it seven in a row (he lost by decision to Shields and Sanchez, after defeating Paulo Thiago and Jacob Volkmann). Sure, Kampmann took some ridiculously hard shots during his wins over Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger, but at the end of the day, he pulled off the memorable comeback wins. If he had defeated Hendricks last November, chances are Kampmann wouldn’t be fighting Carlos Condit tonight at UFC Fight Night 27.
Unfortunately for Kampmann, he got walloped by Hendricks in under a minute, and hasn’t fought since. As a result, coupled with the fact there are several welterweights ranked above him, you don’t hear the “Hitman’s” name mentioned as much when it comes to title shot talk. Well, in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, not only did the Danish fighter say he’s addressed his tendency of being a slow starter, but he maintains the best Kampmann is yet to come.
“I go into the fight and I kind of start out in that feeling out, sparring mode, thinking instead of coming in,” Kampmann said. “When I started out fighting, I always came out hard, go in for the kill right off the bat. And then eventually I got into a more, you know, come in and get into a feeling out process. F–k the feeling out process. It’s a fight. Go in and fight, and be ready to fight from the beginning.
“That’s why I’m working on making adjustments, and that’s what I feel I’ve adjusted on. I feel that mentally I’m in a different state and more prepared than ever before. I haven’t shown the best Martin at all. I’ve only been fighting at half-capacity. Let me be able to fight at full capacity, I still have a lot left to show.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how Kampmann performs, in what has got all the makings of a great main event.
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