Martin Kampmann has put his body through 27 MMA wars, including back-to-back knockout losses to Carlos Condit and UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
For Kampmann, a former WEC champion, the thought of officially hanging up his gloves is something he is not ready to do – yet. However, he also is unsure if a return to the cage is in the cards.
“As a fighter, you never really want to retire,” said Kampmann, during an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I just knew that I wanted some time off and at the same time, I didn’t want to waste it. So I’m pursuing other possibilities that can benefit my and my family for the future.
“I’ve been coaching. I like to give back to the guys who have the hunger and the dreams to go out and try to make something of themselves.”
Kampmann (20-7) has not fought since last August, when Condit stopped him in the fourth round. He has typically fought at least twice a year, but only took that one bout in 2013.
Since midway through 2010, “The Hitman” has posted a 3-4 mark, including two decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields.
As for accepting another fight, Kampmann said “You never know.
“I don’t want to say I’m retired and then six months later come back. I’d rather say I’m taking a break and if I feel like taking a fight in a couple of months, I’ll call up Joe Siva and I’m sure he’ll have a fight for me.”
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