Martin Kampmann is a man who has been close to a UFC title shot on a couple of occasions but, just at the vital moment, has suffered setbacks. Losing his last two via knockout, the popular Dane decided to take a break from the sport and has had little to say since then. Now, speaking with MMAFighting‘s Chuck Mindenhall, Kampmann has revealed he is not sure if he’ll return to the sport, and if he does it certainly won’t be any time soon.
11-6 inside the Octagon and 20-7 as a professional, the 31 year old’s stats speak for themselves and his plethora of top wins has made him a top 10 fighter for several years. After a brutal knockout loss to Johny Hendricks in a fight that, with a win, could have seen Kampmann finally fight for a title, he followed the loss up with another TKO loss against Carlos Condit in August in a fun rematch.
Kampmann has an impressive resumé with wins over Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves, Carlos Condit and Rick Story to name just a few, and on more than one occasion the Dane has seemed just a win or two away from the shot at UFC gold. After going 4-0 in the UFC middleweight division, ‘Hitman’ was even close to getting a shot at Anderson Silva’s-then title, but Nate Marquardt halted them plans at UFC 88.
That is when Martin made the decision to drop to 170lbs where he found a lot of success, but some pivotal setbacks also. Winning two in a row in his new weight class, Kampmann then lost to heavy hitting Brit Paul Daley, but rebounded with two more consecutive wins. Two questionable decision losses in a row against Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, and Kampmann seemed right out of luck.
This is when the Dane found arguably the greatest flash of success in his UFC career, winning three in a row over very tough competition in the aforementioned Story, Alves and Ellenberger, the latter two coming in their respective events’ main feature. A win over Hendricks could have been the defining moment in the 31 year old’s career, but instead he suffered the first of a two loss streak that has led to his semi-retirement.
Losing to Hendricks and Condit is nothing to be ashamed of, and Kampmann is still a top fighter at welterweight. In the now wide open division, an impressive winning streak could lead to a rematch with either fighter in the pipeline, though a decision is yet to be made on whether he will return to the sport.