by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
After a disappointing showing in his last appearance, newly minted welterweight Martin Kampmann wanted somebody, anybody to fight. It didn’t matter if it was at 170 or 185 pounds – he just wanted another chance.
“I (expletive) up, and don’t (expletive) up next time” was the lesson Nate Marquardt taught him at UFC 88.
Going into his fight with Alexandre Barros, Kampmann seems to be more concerned about the Brazilian’s southpaw stature than how he fights. Since Vitor Belfort has been kicking around Xtreme Couture, he’s gotten more time to acquaint himself to a lefty, but it’s still a learning process. He’s been working with resident boxing coach Gil Martinez, who holds the mitts southpaw as he tries to adjust.
Barros has four years on Kampmann as a professional and there doesn’t seem to be much tape on him. He fought twice in 2008, and before that, had a two-year layoff. It could be a dangerous fight for a tune-up, if that’s even the case. Kampmann is still blasé.
“Every fight is a dangerous fight,” he says with a smile.
Kampmann says Barros is rangy, so if there were anything to get excited about, it would be staying away from his long arms. But that’s under control, too.
“That can be a little tough to deal with,” he says. “I’m prepared to fight wherever the fight goes.”
And when he gets inside the Octagon, the plan is simple.
“Go beat him up,” Kampmann says.