Though UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann wasted little time lobbying for a second shot at Diego Sanchez given the controversial result of their original match-up in March, “The Hitman” has now embraced the fact “The Dream” is no longer a current option based on his upcoming bout against Matt Hughes at UFC 135 and turned his focus towards other possibilities.
One of the select few the Dane sees as a good fit for next assignment is Jon Fitch, a former title-contender in a situation similar to Kampmann’s who has also expressed interest in the two talented 170ers throwing down in the near future.
Kampmann recently discussed Fitch in an interview with Fighters where he gave his opinion on the potential of a pugilistic encounter with the 23-3-1 American Kickboxing Academy staple.
“I heard that he wanted to fight me, so that could be an exciting fight,” began Kampmann. “I’m coming off of two losses, even though they were both very close fights, but definitely a win over Fitch would put me right back on top. That would be a great opportunity and he’s a very tough opponent – he’s a grinder, he takes people down, wears them out, and those are tough guys to fight. I think anybody can be beat and so can Fitch. It would make for an interesting match-up for sure.”
Like the 29-year old, Fitch is coming off a semi-questionable result with a Draw against B.J. Penn in his last Octagon appearance. Also relatable to Kampmann’s current circumstances, while Fitch pleaded for another crack at the popular Penn he watched his rematch slip away with Carlos Condit sliding into a spot opposite “The Prodigy”.
“I just want to go in there and beat somebody up. Obviously it’s always nice if I can get a name opponent that would help me get back on the right track,” Kampmann continued on the topic of Fitch.
However, just because the thought of taking on a well-known adversary is appealing to the Dane doesn’t mean he’s unwilling to take on all-comers, saying the most important thing to him is erasing the memory of his decision loss to Sanchez.
“I would always rather get the win. I’m there to win, I hate losing more than anything,” Kampmann concluded.
The Xtreme Couture original is 17-5 in his career with UFC wins over Paulo Thiago and Condit as well as a number of notable victories in the promotion as a middleweight. He has a near-even split between submission and strike-based stoppages while never having been tapped out himself.
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