In unfamiliar territory, Martin Kampmann is playing the waiting game.
The Dane was originally scheduled to return to action last June when he was originally pitted against John Howard in a welterweight bout for “UFC on Versus 4″, though Martin subsequently suffered a knee injury which forced his removal from the bout.
It’s the same knee that forced him out of an originally scheduled middleweight bout with Rich Franklin at UFC 72 back in 2007–an opportunity of a lifetime that was cost due to the withered conditions of a knee that has seen the cutting board on three separate occasions.
Now, Kampmann is left with the memory of his last outing, a controversial decision loss to “The Ultimate Fighter” season one winner, Diego Sanchez. The two met back in March, and while Martin displayed an impressive blend of striking and effective takedown defense, it wasn’t enough to sway the judges in his favor.
“I thought it was a great fight”, said Kampmann.
“I thought I beat him in the first fight, but it is what it is. Judges sometimes don’t see it your way and of course I would love to beat him up again.”
Back in the gym, Kampmann is slowly weening himself back into action, but is still on the mend, much like another notable welterweight in Jon Fitch. The American Kickboxing Academy product has since been shelved for a shoulder injury suffered in preparation for a second meeting with former champion BJ Penn. The two initially met in at UFC 127 in the main-event, where they both battled to a controversial draw at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Fitch has since come out and discussed what would be his next move, since Penn has been pitted with budding contender Carlos Condit, and his plans could include Kampmann.
“I think Martin Kampmann might be a smart fight right now”, said Jon in an interview with MMACanada.net.
“He’s the only guy I can think of right now who’s healthy and who doesn’t have a fight scheduled, and has a big name and is a very tough opponent.”
“I heard that he wanted to fight me, so that could be an exciting fight”, said Martin in reference to the challenge thrown down.
“I’m coming off of two losses, even though they were both very close fights, but definitely a win over Jon Fitch would put me right back on top. That would be a great opportunity and he’s a very tough opponent, he’s a grinder, he takes people down, wears them out, and those are tough guys to fight. I think anybody can be beat and so can Jon Fitch. It would make for an interesting match-up for sure.”
Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez–either fighter is fine by Kampmann (though Diego has since been penned in for a bout with UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes), however, his attention has become a simple, single thought. Win. Doesn’t matter who, just win.
“My focus is, I’m coming off of two losses, so I would love to get a win”, said the 29-year-old Xtreme Couture product.
“I just want to go in there and beat somebody up. Obviously it’s always nice if I can get a name opponent, that would help me get back on the right track. It’s up to the UFC, it’s up to my opponent…if (Matt) Hughes steps out, I would be happy to step in.
“I would always rather get the win. I’m there to win, I hate losing more than anything.”