UFC 154 Preview: Martin Kampmann’s Time to Shine

Posted on Jul 20 2012 - 10:16pm by Matt Juul

The UFC’s return to Montreal will feature some of the sport’s most talented fighters as the best welterweights in the world will go to war at UFC 154.

Fans will have their eyes locked on the star-studded main event bout between reigning champ George St-Pierre and interim title holder Carlos Condit – and for good reason. But the exciting title unification fight should not over shadow another rising contender looking to make a splash on the November card.

Danish striking ace Martin Kampmann has slowly made his way up the welterweight ladder and will try to win himself a shot at the belt when he takes on Johny Hendricks. Kampmann’s journey to the top has been tough, but “the Hitman” somehow seems to a find a way to win even in the bleakest moments.

After losing back-to-back controversial decisions to Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields, Kampmann was finally able to sway the judges’ favor by taking a unanimous decision win over Rick Story at UFC 139. The hard fought victory once again showcased “the Hitman’s” technical striking skills and gave the Danish fighter a much needed win.

After such a dominant performance, Kampmann surprisingly has played the role of the comeback kid in his last two outings.

Facing former top contender Thiago Alves, Kampmann was on the wrong side of the beat down for nearly three rounds. Alves just picked him apart and almost pounded his way to a late finish until making the mistake of going to the ground.

Few realize the underrated submission skills of “the Hitman”, who added his seventh career tap out win and a Submission of the Night honor to his resume by guillotine choking Alves. This flair for the theatrics has transformed Kampmann into one of the most exciting fighters in the division.

In his latest bout, Kampmann nearly was stopped in the first round by the powerful Jake Ellenberger, but a second round resurgence once again saved the day. The Danish striker worked his bread and butter in the second frame by catching Elleberger with a series of brutal knees.

The amazing finish earned Kampmann his first career Knockout of the Night honors. It was also his third fight night bonus in four fights.

With Hendricks now in his sights, fans should expect to see even more fireworks for “the Hitman”.

Hendricks is a great wrestler but may run into trouble bringing the fight to the mats because of Kampmann’s take down defense. Even his heavy hands won’t be enough to put “the Hitman” away due to Kampmann’s iron chin.

While he may be hoping for an easier time, Kampmann will be forced to endure another war at UFC 154.

Hendricks was impressive against Josh Koscheck in his last bout, but began to tire in the later rounds. If Kampmann can weather the storm, his superior striking and submission skills should be enough for another come from behind win.

This fight may even steal the show, so fight fans should look out for this rising contender as it’sKampmann’s time to shine.

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Matt Juul is loving college life as he pursues a career in journalism and cinema. A UFC Sports Analyst at H4TV NETWORKS, his interests and expertise range from personal development and dating to fitness and the martial arts. Matt has had the opportunity to interview fighters and industry leaders including UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, XFC lightweight Nick Newell, Bellator ring girls Mercedes and Jade as well as many others. A third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Charles Ferraro and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Keith Florian, Matt spends his free time training in MMA at Renzo Gracie CT and West Haven Academy of Karate when in Connecticut and Florian Martial Arts Center when in Boston, as he hopes to get in the cage soon!