UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann will be looking to stop another hype train and improve his own station in the UFC’s 170-pound division when he takes on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields this weekend in the co-main event of UFC 121.
“UFC is my home and he’s not just coming in here,” Kampmann said of Shields’ UFC debut. “I’m gonna spoil the party, f*** him up.”
Shields is coming off of a high-profile dismantling of MMA veteran Dan Henderson dating back to April. The Cesar Gracie product rode the wave of hype created by that victory right into the UFC and many believe that Shields is possibly only one win away from being awarded a title shot against champion Georges St. Pierre (should GSP get past Josh Koscheck this December). Martin Kampmann isn’t so keen on that idea though, and will be looking to throw a rain on Shields’ parade this weekend.
“I like fighting guys with all the hype,” he said. “It’s my job to put them back down to earth.”
The Denmark-born fighter is known mostly for his striking prowess, but his ground game is nothing to scoff at; “The Hitman” believes his overall skill set will prove too much for Shields and that the Octagon newcomer will be sent back to the drawing board after Saturday night.
“He’s one-dimensional, I’m well-rounded,” asserted Kampmann. “I’m gonna try to keep it standing. I’m gonna knock him out. I’m not gonna let him take me down and I’m definitely not gonna let him keep me down if he does get me down. I can give Jake Shields some problems. I’m gonna bring the excitement. I’m gonna show him this is my place, UFC is my home.”
Kampmann will look to throw a wrench into Shields’ title plans this weekend at UFC 121 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The two will throw down in the last bout before Brock Lesnar puts his heavyweight title on the line against hungry challenger Cain Velasquez.