Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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At Mike Pyle's urging, Kampmann, 26, picked up his life in Denmark and relocated to Las Vegas earlier this year, after splitting training time between his home and Xtreme Couture.

"The main difference between that and Denmark is I had some good training partners, but it was guys that aren't full-time fighters," Kampmann said. " It would be guys with jobs and kids and a lot of other stuff. Sometimes it was a hassle to set up training camp. Now, when you have a gym full of other full-time, professional fighters, there's always going to be somebody to work with when you come down to the gym. Now, I'm able to do what I love full time."

Kampmann's move from middleweight, following his UFC 88 loss to Nate Marquardt, also has panned out thus far.

Cutting to 170 pounds was not difficult for the 6-foot fighter, and a victory over Alexandre Barros at UFC 93 made the cut even more palatable. Now, he's landed a golden opportunity with the bout against Condit. It's a chance to beat a consensus top 10 welterweight in the world and to notch his most notable victory since beating Thales Leites back in 2006.

"He's well-rounded and a long, lanky guy, so I got to get in on him to hit him," Kampmann said in sizing up Condit. "I got some tall guys to spar with. I just got to move my head and get in on him and use knees in the clinch, too. I think we're going to match up well."

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