UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann (20-6) is one of the truly polished pugilists in the organization, owning an arsenal of techniques aimed at finishing foes whether with strikes or a submission. Fifteen of Kampmann’s twenty total wins have featured a stoppage with an almost-even split between the manner of victory.
Kampmann is gunning for #16 this Wednesday night when he collides with Carlos Condit (28-7) at UFC Fight Night 27, recently telling MMAJunkie he’ll be putting the pedal to the floor from the opening bell.
“I haven’t been ready for the game. I’ve been a slow starter that had to get punched way too many times in the face before I started fighting. When I fought Jake Ellenberger, I got knocked down from the get-go and came back and knocked him out, but sometimes, you don’t get that comeback,” said Kampmann, adding. “Even if you do, it’s not a healthy way to fight in the long term.”
After explaining he felt “mentally better and ready to fight from the get-go”, Kampmann admitted he won’t necessarily have to put Condit away in the opening frame to end his evening without scorecards coming into play.
“I feel confident I’ll beat him. I beat him before. I don’t put too much into the first fight. This is a different fight, but I feel very confident I’ll beat him again,” he stated. “I’ve got five rounds to get the finish, and I feel confident I’ll get it.”
The Dane’s prediction, if accurate, would certainly be impressive. Condit has never been knocked out nor finished since June 2006.