Martin Kampmann Talks TUF: LIVE Victory
Posted on 05 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Martin Kampmann recently spoke about his TUF:LIVE Finale victory as well as taking time off for some surgery. Here are the highlights….
On Getting Caught Early: "That's what I had been preparing for but ... I blocked the first part of his combination, but that last left hook slipped in and caught me pretty good.
The first knockdown at the beginning of the fight was more of a flash knockdown," he said. "It didn't really hurt that much. I think he caught me with some better shots in the second round that rocked me more, but didn't knock me down. I definitely think he's one of the hardest hitters at welterweight. He commits to his punches. I'll give him that. He can throw a proper punch."
On a Title Shot: "I want to fight for the title," he said. "That's what I want. I want to fight Carlos Condit, or I want to fight GSP. That's who I want to fight. And I think I earned the spot. But if I have to fight Johny to get there, then I guess that's what I'll have to do. The title is what I want to fight for."
On Getting Knee Surgery: "I wanted to get it done a couple of fights ago, but I kept getting good fight offers," Kampmann said. "I kept fighting. I only feel it when I bend it. When I bend my knee sometimes, it will click. It's just a minor bug. It's nothing. I could still fight with it, but it's something that, more than anything, it bugs me in training. It doesn't bug me when I'm fighting."
On Becoming a Slow Starter: "When I started fighting, I was a quick starter," Kampmann said. "I used to be in people's faces right away, but now lately, I'm kind of a slow starter. I've got to taste my blood a little bit to get fired up. I don't know where that change came, but I want to get back to my old ways."