April 17, 1982 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Trainer||Ray Sefo, Randy Couture|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Robert Drysdale|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Originally from Aarhus, Denmark, Kampmann began training in Wrestling at age of 8 and trained for two years moving to karate at the age of 14 before transitioning into Muay Thai and boxing, competing in both as an amateur. In 2000, Kampmann began training in submission wrestling, and soon began competing in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Kampmann compiled an amateur mixed martial arts record of 8-1 before turning professional in 2003 while attending college as an engineering student. Kampmann then compiled an amateur record of 9-1, capturing the Cage Warriors Middleweight Championship in the process, before being signed by the IUFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kampmann is currently competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he made his debut at UFC Fight Night 6 as a late replacement for Kalib Starnes. In his debut fight with the UFC, Kampmann defeated Crafton Wallace by first-round submission. His next victory came by way of unanimous decision over future top contender Thales Leites in The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale on November 11, 2006. At UFC 68, After being rocked and knocked down numerous times Kampmann showed his toughness and resilience by defeating Drew McFedries via arm-triangle choke late in the first round.
His next UFC fight was scheduled for UFC 72 against former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, but he was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Kampmann returned from his injury at UFC 85, where he defeated the heavy-handed Jorge Rivera by guillotine choke at 2:44 in the first round.
After a first-round TKO defeat to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88, Kampmann announced that he would drop down to the Welterweight division. He made his debut in the division at UFC 93 defeating newcomer Alexandre Barros by TKO in the second round. Kampmann then defeated the last reigning WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit in a closely contested fight via split decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18.
Kampmann was to fight Mike Swick on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103. The winner was to receive a title shot against Georges St. Pierre. On September 4, it was announced that Swick had suffered an injury while training for their upcoming bout. Paul Daley replaced Swick for the fight. With Swick pulling out, the fight was not for the number one contender spot anymore as Daley was making his UFC debut. In a surprising turn of events Kampmann fell to the British fighter by TKO due to punches just 2:31 into the bout.
Kampmann was expected to face Rory Markham on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. However, Markham was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jacob Volkmann. Kampmann won via first-round submission using a modified guillotine choke that he calls the "Deathchoke".
Kampmann's next fight was against Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC 115. Kampmann controlled and dominated Thiago en route to a unanimous decision victory by a score of 30-27 on all three judges scorecards.
Kampmann faced former EliteXC Welterweight Champion and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and UFC debutant Jake Shields in a title eliminator bout, on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121. He lost a controversial split decision to Shields.
Kampmann then lost another controversial decision to Diego Sanchez on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. The bout saw Kampmann outstrike and stagger Diego over three rounds (including dropping Sanchez with a punch in the first round), with Diego's relentless pace and aggression giving him the nod on all three scorecards. Kampmann stopped 14 out of Diego's 15 takedown attempts, and also out-landed him 79-51 in total strikes (according to FightMetric who scored the fight 29-28 Kampmann). The bout earned Fight of the Night honors.
Kampmann defeated Rick Story via unanimous decision on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. Although the initial result was announced as a split decision, UFC president Dana White clarified at the post-fight press conference that all three judges had scored the match in favor of Kampmann.
Kampmann then faced former number one contender Thiago Alves on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2. After being rocked late, Kampmann latched a guillotine choke onto Alves with one minute remaining in the third round, forcing him to tap. For his performance, Kampmann was awarded Submission of the Night honors.
Kampmann faced Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. After a first round which saw Kampmann nearly finished after being knocked down by Ellenberger, Kampmann defeated Ellenberger via second-round knockout due to a series of knees. The performance also earned Kampmann Knockout of the Night honors.
Kampmann faced Carlos Condit in a rematch on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.  After Kampmann controlled the action for most of the first round, Condit dominated the remainder of the fight, finishing Kampmann via TKO in the fourth round. Despite the loss, Kampmann was rewarded for his efforts by earning his second Fight of the Night bonus award.
On January 9, 2014 Kampmann said that he was going to take a time out from fighting; he was not retiring, but needed a break. 
In 2014, Kampmann began playing poker with Ultimate Poker with the help of professional poker player, Jason Somerville. Kampmann began this relationship as a guest on Somerville's show, Run it UP.  Kampmann went on to play in multiple online and live tournaments with the sponsorship of Ultimate Poker including the Nevada Poker Challenge and the World Series of Poker Main Event. Kampmann took down the Nevada Poker Challenge and pocketed over $52,000.  Although, he didn't place inside the money in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, Kampmann made an extremely deep run outlasting fellow Ultimate Poker pros Jason Somerville, Antonio Esfandiari, Danielle Andersen, Dan O'Brien and Bruce Buffer. 
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- CWFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||20 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||20–7||Carlos Condit||TKO (punches and knees)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||4||0:54||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||20–6||Johny Hendricks||KO (punch)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||1||0:46||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||20–5||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (knees)||The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale||June 1, 2012||2||1:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||19–5||Thiago Alves||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||3||4:12||Sydney, Australia||Submission of the Night|
|Win||18–5||Rick Story||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||17–5||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||17–4||Jake Shields||Decision (split)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||UFC Welterweight title eliminator.|
|Win||17–3||Paulo Thiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||16–3||Jacob Volkmann||Submission (ninja choke)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||1||4:03||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Dubbed by Kampmann as a "death choke".|
|Loss||15–3||Paul Daley||TKO (punches)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||1||2:31||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||15–2||Carlos Condit||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||14–2||Alexandre Barros||TKO (punches)||UFC 93||January 17, 2009||2||3:07||Dublin, Ireland||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||13–2||Nate Marquardt||TKO (punches)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||1||1:22||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||13–1||Jorge Rivera||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||1||2:44||London, England|
|Win||12–1||Drew McFedries||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||1||4:06||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Thales Leites||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale||November 11, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–1||Crafton Wallace||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||1||2:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Edwin Aguilar||TKO (punches)||WFA: King of the Streets||July 22, 2006||1||2:43||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||8–1||Damien Riccio||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||November 26, 2005||2||1:58||Coventry, England||Defended CWFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||7–1||Matt Ewin||Submission (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 2||July 16, 2005||1||2:45||Coventry, England||Won CWFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1||Brendan Seguin||KO (head kick)||KOTC: Warzone||June 24, 2005||1||2:05||Sheffield, England|
|Win||5–1||Matt Ewin||TKO (corner stoppage)||HOP: Fight Night 2||March 4, 2005||1||5:00||Swansea, Wales|
|Loss||4–1||Andrei Semenov||TKO (doctor stoppage)||M-1 Global MFC: Middleweight GP||October 9, 2004||1||1:21||Saint Petersburg, Russia||M-1 MFC 2004 Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||4–0||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||DQ||EVT 2: Hazard||April 4, 2004||2||0:27||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||3–0||Toni Vivas||TKO (punches)||EVT 1: Genesis||December 6, 2003||1||1:23||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||2–0||Dave Jones||KO (knee)||XFC 2: The Perfect Storm||November 9, 2003||1||N/A||Cornwall, England|
|Win||1–0||Gert Mannaerts||TKO (punches)||Viking Fight 3: Rumble in the West||February 15, 2003||1||N/A||Aarhus, Denmark|
- "Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham targeted for January's UFC 108 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- "Martin Kampmann vs. Ben Saunders at UFC 111". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Martin Kampmann Injured, Jake Ellenberger Fights Ben Saunders at UFC 111 in March". mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- "Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago in works for UFC 115". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- "Jake Shields signs with UFC, meets Martin Kampmann at UFC 121". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann likely for UFC on Versus 3 main event". mmajunkie.com. December 8, 2010.
- "Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard on tap for UFC on Versus 4". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "UFC on Versus 4: Matt Brown vs John Howard booked for June 26 with Martin Kampmann injured". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story on tap for UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- "UFC on FX 2, Alves vs. Kampmann official for Allphones Arena in Sydney". MMAjunkie.com. December 14, 2011.
- "Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headlines The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale". mmajunkie.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- "The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale results". mmajunkie.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann official for UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Staff (2013-05-31). "Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit II headlines UFC on FOX Sports 1 2". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- Staff (2013-08-28). "UFC Fight Night 27 bonuses: Thatch, Cummings, Condit, Kampmann earn $50K". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- "UFC's Martin Kampmann not retiring, but after concussions in 'no rush' to return". mmajunkie.com. 2014-01-09.