Tomorrow night Martin Kampmann will take to the cage for the first time in a fight-round fight when he faces Jake Ellenberger at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. While some competitors might dread the notion of preparing for two extra frames, Kampmann actually appears excited for the additional time given his aversion to allowing scorecards to determine a winner.
“Five rounds (are) a lot more than three rounds. It’s ten more minutes to go at it, to get more bruised up and banged up, and two more rounds I have to get in shape for. I’ve been working hard and working my ass off to get ready to go in there and beat up Jake Ellenberger,” said Kampmann in an interview with the UFC’s website.
“They’re not going to see a judges’ decision because I’m going to finish this fight,” Kampmann continued. “They’re going to see Jake Ellenberger get beat up and get finished. I’m beating up Jake Ellenberger and I’m fighting for the title because that’s my goal.”
Kampmann’s dislike of decisions developed over the past few years after coming up short against Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez in a pair of bouts many pundits felt he deserved a nod in. Though the 30-year old Dane undoubtedly understands the difficulty in putting Ellenberger away, only having been finished a single time in 32 professional fights and the loss coming five years ago, he’s still confident in his ability to complete the task no matter how much he respects his adversary’s abilities.
“He’s got heavy hands and good wrestling, but he’s definitely beatable and I’m going to beat him June 1st.”
The winner of Kampmann-Ellenberger is likely in line for a title-shot with a victory though the welterweight division is currently in the midst of a logjam with champion Georges St-Pierre out until November while recovering from an injury and interim title-holder Carlos Condit playing it safe and staying sidelined instead of risking his shot at winning GSP’s gold. Kampmann is coming off back-to-back wins over Rick Story/Thiago Alves while “The Juggernaut” has emerged with his hand raised in six straight.
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