Martin Kampmann was designated the fighter to welcome Jake Shields to the UFC last year, as Shields was coming over from Strikeforce. “The Hitman” went the distance with Shields, falling by split decision. The loss was a tough one for him to overcome, as he also was defeated by Diego Sanchez earlier this year.
Now, with the weight of back-to-back defeats on his shoulders, Kampmann prepares to meet Rick Story at UFC 139 in November.
Those decision losses to Shields and Story are what has Kampmann so fired up, as he believes he should have been declared the victor in both meetings.
“I am sick of letting these fights go to the judge’s decision, especially the way the decisions have been going in my last two fights,” said Kampmann, in a recent interview with Buddhasport.com. “I beat Diego up pretty badly and he has got the scars to prove it. I won that fight. I’m not looking to go the distance ever again. I plan on going in and finishing Rick Story. I’m here to whoop somebody’s (expletive) and make a statement.”
Kampmann was coming off two straight wins, and a 4-1 record in the UFC, before falling to Shields. Included in that stretch was a split decision victory over current No. 1 welterweight contender Carlos Condit in 2009. His only other UFC losses are to Paul Daley and Nate Marquardt – both of which came by first round TKO.
Story is looking to rebound from a loss to Charlie Brenneman earlier this year. Story was set to meet Marquardt, but Marquardt failed his pre-fight medicals, was suspended and eventually released, and Brenneman stepped in. The loss snapped a six-fight win streak for Story.
“I think Rick Story is a real tough opponent. He comes forward and he’s a great wrestler, but he can punch too, so I think it will be a war,” Kampmann said. “His wrestling is definitely the strongest part of his game, but I’m prepared for that. I’m not going to let him take me down. If he does get me to the ground, I will pop right back up and punish him. No wrestler is ever going to hold me down.”
UFC 139 takes place November 19 from San Jose, California. The main event will feature Dan Henderson taking on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Kampmann vs. Story is slated for the pay-per-view card.