When Martin Kampmann takes to the Octagon for his next in-ring outing the well-rounded Dane will be looking to snap a two-fight skid for the first time in his career, a fact that doesn’t sit well with the Xtreme Couture original. Adding to the frustration of a controversial loss in his last match-up has also been a lingering health issue prolonging his absence from competition.
The 17-5 Kampmann recently spoke to MMATraining about his current situation where he updated fans on a troublesome knee and also shared a few opinions pertaining to his memorable decision defeat to Diego Sanchez in March at UFC Live 3.
“Second time around I’m not going to let it go to a decision – I’m going to finish him,” said Kampmann of his former opponent. “I respect him. He’s a tough guy, a tough fighter, but I thought he was saying some stupid things on Twitter. He was hitting me up on his Twitter after the fight. I thought I won the fight and he thought he won it…that’s how it is…but he was hitting me up, being kind of a smartass and that kind of pissed me off so I just replied to his Tweets. I might have called him a b*tch…I have to go look at it. If I called him a b*tch, he probably had it coming.”
While Sanchez is set to scrap with welterweight icon Matt Hughes in September, thus leaving their rivalry to continue brewing through the popular social networking outlet, Kampmann was scheduled to come back last month against John Howard at UFC Live 6 but aggravated a past injury while training for the fight and was forced to withdraw.
“I hurt my knee. I’ve had a lot of surgeries, three surgeries done on my knee before, so it’s a little withered and I hurt it again,” explained the 29-year old without offering a specific timetable on his return to the ring. “I’m back in training now, but there’s still some stuff that I can’t do, so that’s where I have to be careful. I’m training now, it’s still bothering me some, but it’s still a lot better from where it was a month ago…It’s not one-hundred percent yet, but it’s definitely feeling a lot better.”
Kampmann holds a number of impressive wins prior to his recent stumbles including triumphs in the UFC over Jorge Rivera, Thales Leites, Paulo Thiago, and Carlos Condit. Also notable is the fact he’s yet to be submitted in twenty-two professional appearances.
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