Martin Kampmann: ‘There’s a Lot of Ways I Can Beat Jake Ellenberger’

May 31, 2012
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Martin Kampmann has been close to a title shot on a few different occasions, but never quite crossed the threshold to fight for the gold.

Now as he approaches the Ultimate Fighter Finale this Friday in Las Vegas, Kampmann may once again be one fight away from challenging for the belt and he’s ready to make the most of this opportunity.

This time around he faces Jake Ellenberger, who comes into the fight on a six-fight win streak over some impressive competition. That’s why it’s going to mean that much more for Kampmann should he defeat him.

“I think it’s a great match-up. We’re both in the top of the welterweight division, and so the winner of this fight should make a claim for the title shot. I’ll beat Ellenberger and of course I’d love to get a title shot,” Kampmann told MMAWeekly Radio.

“He’s a great wrestler, he’s got real heavy hands so he’s tough. He’s a dangerous opponent, but I feel I’m better, I’m more skilled, I got more tools and more ways to win the fight and that’s what I’m going to show on June 1.”

Through his last six wins, Ellenberger has looked extremely dangerous with his knockout power and great wrestling, but that’s not to say he hasn’t shown a few holes in his game as well according to Kampmann.

Every fighter has a weakness and Kampmann hopes to expose Ellenberger’s when they meet this weekend.

“I see a lot of weaknesses, I think there’s a lot of ways where he’s shown weaknesses, and I think they can definitely be exploited and I’m definitely going to show that,” Kampmann stated.

“I think Jake’s definitely more dangerous in the first (two) rounds. He comes out hard, he swings really hard and he commits really hard with his punches so that takes a lot of energy out of you, but at the same time those punches land really heavy so I think the first round is where he’s going to be the most dangerous.”

Ellenberger was accused following his last fight of having less than stellar cardio when in the third round of his bout against Diego Sanchez it appeared as if he was fading a bit. Right or wrong in that judgment, Kampmann is preparing to fight Ellenberger as hard in the first round as he would in the fifth and either way he’s going for the finish.

“I’m prepared to fight him the full distance I’m prepared to finish him in the first round. If he gives me the opportunity, I’m going to take it. I think there’s a lot of ways I can beat Jake Ellenberger and I’m ready to show you guys and go out with the win,” said Kampmann.

“I’ve been on the short end of some decisions so I don’t want to go to decisions. I’m here to finish fights, and that’s my goal.”

Kampmann will try to put Ellenberger away so the judges don’t even get involved. If that happens, he may very well be staring down a title shot in the near future.

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  • adam1848

    Can’t see this being anything other than a great fight. Could go either way for sure. Ellenburger is more powerful, Kampmann is more technical and has better movement around the cage. Can’t wait for this fight!

    • Lesnardo

      RIP Martin Kampmann.

  • maddawgmar

    Great fight indeed. Kampmann has the advantage if the fight goes to later rounds, but Ellenberger is dangerous.

    P.S. Lesnardo, I’m going to steal you logic. Ellenberger lost to Condit and Kampmann beat Condit. So Kampmann should win right. But then again Ellenberger beat Shields and Kampmann lost to Shields. So that logic is bunk. This fight either gets stopped early for Ellenberger or goe late for Kampmann.

    • RubeKegal

      adding to that logic Sam Stout beat Joe Lauzon who beat Jeremy Stephens. I bet my life savings on Sam Stout to beat Jeremy Stephens…I lost.

      • phrankthetank

        Great fight though

      • maddawgmar

        Right…. And Stephens lost to Lauzon and Lauzon got owned by Pettis, but, in my opinion Stephens beat Pettis, though he got robbed. Bottom line both guys match up well stylistically. Ellenberger has good stand up with awesome power, and Kampmann has excellent stand up without heavy power. Ellenberger has good wrestling and Kampmann has good submissions. This fight will be decided by game plans, cardio, and aggression. If Ellenberger is aggressive early he can get the stoppage, if not Kampmanns cardio will take over.

    • phrankthetank

      Yea… But martin got robbed against shields in my opinion, regardless, we know lesnardo’s logic doesn’t work. I wanna say kampmann for this fight but ellenberger does have really heavy hands…. Screw it, I still say kampmann, I don’t thing ellenberger hits harder than alves.

      • RonnieV

        Martin got robbed against Shields, just as much as Diaz got robbed against Condit! See how that works? (actually I concede to the Diaz loss, but it was much closer than you bozos will admit).

        Welterweight is the most stacked division in the UFC, but the top three guys are all inactive (Diaz/GSP/Condit) The best active WW is Rory Mac! There is a log boom with a bunch of talented guys all because Condit is waiting for GSP to get healthy again. Is it possible to strip a guy of his interim belt?

        • ToxicDLA

          I was glad Condit won, but it was definately a close fight. I have to say I’m disappointed in Condit for holding out for GSP. Isn’t the point of having an Interim Champion to have somebody DEFENDING the title during the Champion’s absence? Having the interim champ just as inactive as the real champ is freaking pointless. Between inactive champs and rematches, the Lightweight and Welterweight title pictures are f**ked.

          • MaritalArtist

            Well, that was GSP’s 2nd injury, so Dana had no choice. However, since his imetable for return was not too far UNO the future, condit was allowed to wait.

  • KBEsq

    This is an awesome fight. Can’t wait to watch it. I do feel like Ellenberger has the edge, but I want Kampmann to win and I’ll be cheering for him.

  • MaritalArtist

    Looks like a good fight. I wonder why Vegas has ellenberger as a 2:1 favorite. Maybe his current won streak plus his great wrestling + heavy hands. Still, I’d put money on kampmann at 2:1.