Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kampmann Focused Condit's Welcome to UFC

Originally posted on MMAweekly.com

The bar for success was set pretty high early on in Martin Kampmann's career. Whether it was stepping up on short notice or fighting in the middleweight division despite giving up size to a great many opponents, he was never a fighter to back down from a good challenge.

The "Hitman" is ready to set that bar a little bit higher for his next fight, a main event tilt against the last ever WEC welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, in the headline fight for Spike TV's UFC Fight Night 18 event on April 1.

While the move to the welterweight division made sense for Kampmann, who was arguably one of the smaller 185-pounders competing in the UFC, his string of wins over fighters like Thales Leites and Drew McFedries left no doubts that the Danish born fighter could go toe to toe with the best in the world.

Following a TKO loss to Nate Marquardt in September 2008, the decision was made for Kampmann to move to the 170-pound weight class where he would finally be the bigger man in the fight. As he told MMAWeekly Radio recently, he made the cut with little problem.

"That cut was no problem at all. It felt good fighting at 70, and I actually cut too much weight, I weighed in at 168," Kampmann commented. "I felt strong, I felt fast, I felt good. So no problem there."

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