Martin Kampmann has a reputation of bringing his opponents in to deep waters whether he wins or loses. Countless brawls over the years have made him a fan favorite and a fighter to watch on any given card.
His most recent bout saw him TKO’d by Carlos Condit in a rematch of Condit’s UFC debut. The TKO was a drawn out one as Condit had Kampmann hurt and chased him around the cage until the finish.
Kampmann has been fighting since 2003 and his latest two-fight losing streak ties the longest of his career.
As he told MMAJunkie Radio recently, he plans to take some time off to fully recover: “I’ve had a lot of tough fights, and even the ones I win, I sometimes make them tough for myself,” Kampmann said. “I’m just taking a long break. No rush to get back in the cage. Let my body recover and get good.
Kampmann’s intelligent decision comes after his wars in the Octagon such as fights against Diego Sanchez, Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves. Add in a knockout at the hands of Johny Hendricks and the decision is quickly revealed as an astute one.
“I’ve had my share of concussions, and sometimes I didn’t take the correct amount of time, and that catches up to you,” Kampmann said. “I feel OK. I’ve been better, but I feel I want to take a break. That’s why I’m taking a break.”
Kampmann (20-7) last won inside the Octagon against Jake Ellenberger with a TKO in the second after a rocky first round. He is still listed in the top ten via the UFC’s official rankings.
As for this hiatus from fighting, Kampmann said he wasn’t going to retire just yet.
“I’m not retiring yet,” Kampmann said. “I’m trying to pursue other things right now too. I’m not training so much. I’ve been in the gym coaching some guys, probably going to corner some guys coming up, and also I’m starting an affiliation program to certify trainers and gyms under me, so I’m helping the MMA program.”
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