by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The normally untelevised fights have found a perfect home on Spike TV. Yet another round of preliminary bouts brought the excitement early and often as Martin Kampmann and Cole Miller both put their names in the hat for submission of the night with each getting the tapout for the first round win.
The holiday season is officially over and it ended just as quickly for the fighter nicknamed “Christmas,” as Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann locked on a guillotine choke to finish off Jacob Volkmann in the first round of their welterweight match-up at UFC 108.
Much to his surprise, Volkmann came out to trade punches with Kampmann early, landing a few good shots as he established his stand-up.
“He caught me with way too many punches. I was expecting him to shoot right for that takedown,” Kampmann admitted when speaking after the fight. “I was looking for the takedown, instead he comes throwing punches at me.”
The only flaw in Volkmann’s aggression was leaving himself wide open for counter strikes from Kampmann. The Danish fighter took full advantage, landing two big punches that put his opponent on the mat.
The second of those punches put Volkmann on the mat for the last time as Kampmann came in like a ball of fire, landing shots. Just as the scramble started to bring the fighters to the feet, the Xtreme Couture trained fighter locked on a perfectly timed guillotine choke. It didn’t take long for Volkmann to realize he was in serious trouble and he gave in to the submission.
“I was a little cautious to start off with and he caught me with some good shots. I’m happy I got the win, maybe that’s submission of the night,” Kampmann stated, celebrating the win.
It was a crazy pace early, but Cole Miller kept up until the end when he submitted Dan Lauzon by Kimura midway through the first round.
The two lightweights came out swinging with each one connecting with a few good shots, but the best punch was landed by Lauzon who caught Miller with a left hand square on the jaw that sent him to the canvas.
“I don’t even remember getting dropped,” Miller said about the punch that put him down.
Miller recovered well and got back to his feet where the two continued to battle with punches and knees back and forth. After a few scrambles, Lauzon got the fight to the ground, but soon found him on the bad end of Miller’s superior jiu-jitsu. A reverse triangle from the bottom held Lauzon in the perfect position for Miller to grab an arm and wrench up for the tap from the Kimura.
Giving all the credit to his team, Miller picked up his fifth win in the UFC against only two losses.
“I can attribute all of my success to my family here at American Top Team,” Miller commented after his win. “I don’t come in here and promise to win every fight, but I promise to fight every fight, and I’ll never make it a boring one. I’m not afraid to take risks, I’m not afraid to lose, I’m not afraid to die, and I gladly do all three for the fans here in the UFC.”