Welterweight Martin Kampmann was once a solid top ten fighter within the UFC. He held a respectable 11-6 record in the company and was a split decision loss away from fighting Georges St Pierre for the UFC 170lbs title.
'The Hitman' has not fought since August 2013, when he lost to Carlos Condit by fourth round TKO in a thrilling fight that was voted Fight of the Night. Previous to that he was brutally KO'd by now champion Johnny Hendricks after just 46 seconds.
Since, the Danish fighter has turned himself to playing poker and picked up $50,000 dollars last weekend. He also intends to coach. Kampmann has worked with some of the best coaches within MMA such as Ray Sefo and Randy Couture.
However, Kampmann has not ruled himself out of returning. He's still under contract within the UFC and there's no doubt UFC President Dana White would bite his hand off if he were to return
“I enjoy fighting, but I’m taking a break from fighting right now, anyway. So it’s nice to have something to occupy my time. It could be just a lucky streak right here, but if I do well in some other poker tournaments, we’ll see.
“There’s no projected date (to fight) right now. I’m still just laying low. I don’t want to put any date on it. I’m still training here and there, but I’m trying to recover from the injuries and not mess myself up.
"I’m getting more into coaching and stuff like that, and I have poker and some other business ventures I’m trying out, setting myself up for when I’m done fighting. It put things in perspective that I won’t be fighting forever.”
Kampmann has recently spent time in California at Team Alpha Male, home of fighters such as Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and TJ Dillashaw who fights for the UFC Bantamweight title this weekend. Previously, Duane Ludwig had been at the gym. However, he has called it a day on the gig. This has lead to rumors Kampmann will take the gig of head striking coach in Sacramento.
On this, The Hitman stated:
“I think maybe everyone jumped the gun a little bit.“I had a good time up there, and Urijah’s a good guy. I definitely can see myself going into some coaching – I enjoy coaching guys that want to fight and have the desire to compete. It’s something I want to do more in.”
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