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Martin Kampmann: “I grabbed on to that choke for dear life and squeezed him.”

Despite being a polished fighter with a cache of weapons in his in-ring arsenal, Martin Kampmann entered his headlining bout against Thiago Alves at UFC on FX 2 without a finish to his credit in more than two years. “The Hitman” changed that against Alves, picking up a submission win in as timely a manner as possible.

With less than a minute remaining in the final round of their fight Kampmann latched on to a Guillotine Choke to procure the stoppage, avoiding the judges’ as he’d hoped and likely a loss as well based on Alves’ earlier efforts.

“I was behind there, I’ll be honest,” said Kampmann in an interview with the UFC shortly after earning the victory. “Thiago was giving some good shots. I wanted to take him down and I was walking into too many punches even though that was not part of the strategy at all.”

“Good thing I still got a good chin, I can eat some shots,” he continued. “I was getting him back. I shook him in the first round with that kick but I knew I probably had to finish him in that third round…so I grabbed on to that choke for dear life and squeezed him.”

Kampmann improved his overall record to 19-5 with the victory, evening up his submission/TKO ratio at seven apiece in the process, while Alves’ career mark was dropped to 19-9 with four losses by way of submission.

Check out the complete interview below:

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