Saturday, May 23, 2009

The MMA Minute: Kampmann Turns Down Grant Fight

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Following his victory over Carlos Condit at Ultimate Fight Night 18 in April, Martin Kampmann said he was ready to face the best 170-pound fighters in the UFC. So, he was a little surprised when he was then offered a fight against relative UFC newcomer, T.J. Grant, scheduled for later this summer.

While reports have surfaced recently that both fighters agreed to the fight, Kampmann informed on Thursday that he turned it down right away.

“No disrespect to T.J. Grant, but I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any sense for me at the moment,” Kampmann said. “I want to fight some higher ranked guys. I never even knew who the guy was, and he’s probably a tough guy, but I want to fight guys who make sense for me and who can escalate me up the ladder more, so I didn’t accept that fight. I don’t know what happened, but apparently some miscommunication somewhere because I saw it all over the internet.”

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