Martin Kampmann had to come up big in the final round if he wanted to earn the win over Thiago Alves. Thankfully for him, it would be a guillotine with one minute remaining that catapulted him to a victory at UFC on FX 2.
A content Kampmann had plenty to say about his late round heroics.
“I knew I would probably have to finish it that third round cause even though I shook him in the first round, he landed on top of me and the second round he was getting the better of the striking exchanges,” Kampmann explained. “So I knew I had to finish it. I grabbed on to that choke for dear life and squeezed him cause I was behind on the scorecards probably.”
Friday night’s main event was a must-win for both fighters given their recent struggles. For Alves, the defeat gives him his fourth loss in his last six fights. For Kampmann, it’s a huge step forward. The Danish welterweight rebounded after a pair of losses with a decision over Rick Story at UFC 139 and now a hard fought victory in Australia. But it did not always looks so good for the “Hitman.”
Despite rattling Alves with a front kick in the first, Kampmann was on the wrong side of a striking battle in the second and continued to take punishment in the third. Even Kampmann’s submission came when he was in trouble as he took advantage of a charging Alves going for the takedown attempt. While it may not have been Kampmann’s most impressive showing, it solidifies his position as a welterweight contender.
“Yeah man, I was behind there, I’ll be honest. Thiago was giving some good shots. I wanted to take him down and I was walking into too many punches even though that was not part of the strategy, you know at all,” Kampmann said. “I was happy to get the win but I was disappointed in my performance getting punched. Of course, I was happy getting the submission though.”
Kampmann credits training partners Ray Sefo, Mike Pyle, and Jay Huron for the victory. The surprising performance against “Pitbull” earned him submission of the night honors.