MMA veteran Martin Kampmann has quietly fought his way up the UFC’s welterweight rankings, and he’ll have a chance to take a step closer to the title when he faces Jake Ellenberger at the “Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale” set for June 1, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Kampmann is confident about his chances against Ellenberger, and he hopes to secure a title shot with a victory.
“Jake is a tough opponent, but I’m tougher than him,” Kampmann said during an interview with FightHubTV.com. “I’m gonna beat him on June 1st. I just beat some tough guys, and Ellenberger is at the top of the division too. That’s why they matched us up and put us in the main event, because they know we’ll make it a good fight. When I beat him, I want to fight for the title next. He’s got some early knockout stoppages … I think he definitely comes out hard and you got to be prepared for that, but I think I’m a better fighter in pretty much all parts of the game.”
Kampmann had some problems in his last fight against Thiago Alves, getting overwhelmed by the Brazilian’s speed and power in the striking department. He did show a lot of heart though, hanging in there and pulling off a guillotine choke in the final minute of the fight.
The Dane will be in for another tough night when he faces Ellenberger on Friday.
Ellenberger has been very successful in the UFC, winning six of his seven fights with the promotion. He shocked many MMA fans with his quick TKO victory against Jake Shields, and he followed it up with a unanimous decision against Diego Sanchez. He certainly has momentum on his side, but that may not be enough against Kampmann.
Kampmann’s takedown defense is pretty solid, and his encounter against Ellenberger might just turn into a kickboxing match. If it does, Kampmann will probably get the better of the exchanges, and he should emerge victorious.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.