UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann has gone the distance a number of times in his career but, until last night, he’d never seen action in the “championship rounds”. That changed when Carlos Condit took him into the fourth frame of their UFC Fight Night 27 tilt and ultimately finished him with a flurry of strikes.
While “The Hitman” definitely faded after a strong opening stanza, Kampmann admitted at the post-event press conference his tank was on empty long before Condit put him away.
“Carlos, he kept pushing the pace and after that first round I just got dead tired. I couldn’t keep up with the pace and I was tired, I was really tired. It doesn’t feel good to get tired in a fight when the other guy keeps pushing forward,” explained Kampmann. “I mean I’ve gotten tired in a lot of fights before but that’s what happens when you’re fighting, trying to go in there and go hard. I think we kept a pretty high pace the whole fight and that gets you tired.”
Kampmann wasn’t able to place his finger on why his conditioning wasn’t up to par, saying his preparation for the fight had gone as planned.
“I felt great in training. I felt in great shape. I was going five hard (rounds); a killer pace in training,” Kampmann concluded, trying to figure out where things went wrong. “But I definitely felt tired, especially in the fourth round. Carlos got me with something in the body and that took the last gas out of me.”
The stumble was Kampmann’s second straight and dropped his record to 21-7.
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