Martin Kampmann served notice to the rest of the UFC’s welterweight division Friday night, taking Thiago Alves’ best punches and surviving to claim a submission victory in the third. Kampmann-Alves served as the main event of UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann from Sydney, Australia.
Down on most scorecards entering the final five minutes, “The Hitman” locked in a guillotine choke from the mount following a head-kick by Alves and a takedown attempt. Kampmann rolled through the takedown, controlling Alves’ head the entire time and locking in the choke for his seventh career submission victory.
“I felt I really had to finish the fight,” Kampmann said. “I knew it wouldn’t do me any good to keep it standing, and I knew that was my window (the guillotine choke).”
“The Pitbull” landed more strikes than Kampmann after surviving a first round front-kick that landed to the chin of Alves. In the second, it was all Alves, has he landed several big shots that rocked Kampmann.
“He was tough,” Kampmann said. “I didn’t capitalize enough on (the front-kick).”
Now, Kampmann is looking towards locking up with UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, who he owns a victory over.
“I’ll fight anyone,” Kampmann said. “Carlos Condit has a target on his back, and since (Georges St-Pierre) is out, he’s the one everybody is gunning for. I know he’d like to get a chance to avenge that loss he has from me, so let’s go.”