UFC on FX 2 Results: Kampmann Comes From Behind to Submit Alves

March 2, 2012
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Martin Kampmann

Martin Kampmann

Perennial top ten ranked welterweights Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann headlined the UFC on FX 2 fight card in Sydney, Australia on Friday and did not disappoint.

Both are known for their striking abilities.  The majority of the wins on their resumes have come by way of knockout.  They were both coming off of wins trying to put together a streak.  The match up had excitement written all over it.

The first round was back-and-forth.  Kampmann utilized his wrestling early but won the striking exchanges.  He landed a front kick to the face of Alves that had the American Top Team trained fighter in a bit of trouble.  Alves secured a takedown midway through the stanza.  He advanced to the mount position and rode out the round controlling Kampmann and landing elbows.

Alves found his range in the second frame.  He began to let his hands go and connect in combinations.  He fended off Kampmann’s takedown attempts and looked to be in complete control of the fight.

Kampmann came out aggressively in the final round, pressing forward and looking for a takedown.  He couldn’t get one.  Alves began to land heavier shots more frequently.  He hurt Kampmann with a right hand late in the round and went in for the kill.  Alves opted to go for a takedown, and with seconds left in the bout Kampmann locked on a guillotine choke and squeezed.  Alves was forced to tap out.

“Thiago caught me with some good shots.  I’ll be honest.  He was catching me,” said Kampmann following the come-from-behind win.

“I wanted to strike with him but I wanted to take him down as well.  He’s got really good takedown defense.  He was really tough to take down.  Usually when I get people on the fence I can get them down but he’s got good defense,” he added.

“I felt I was definitely behind.  I was trying too much.  I was eating too many punches going into the clinch,” continued Kampmann.  “I have all the respect for Thiago.  He’s a beast.”

Kampmann took the opportunity to request a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit.

“I’ll fight anyone, but of course right now Carlos Condit has a target on his back.  I’ve got a win over him.  Since GSP (Georges St-Pierre) is out, he’s the one everybody is gunning for and I’d love to get a chance to fight him one more time. I know he’d want to get a chance to avenge that loss he has to me, so let’s go,” he said.

The win over Alves certainly moves Kampmann up the ladder in the stacked welterweight division. He’s now on a two-fight win streak, but likely a fight or two away from a title shot.

  • Anthony

    All you guys who talked trash about how Campman doesnt deserve to be a top ranked fighter–im not saying any names–but I am gonna say told you so–to be honest I didnt think hed beat Alves especially the way Tiago made the cut fairly easily this time with his nutritionist. But you cant dismiss Campman–hes bad ass all the way around, and theres no quit in the guy–great fight—oh and by the way Mighty Mouse got a gift!!!!!

  • KBEsq

    Yeah, Kampmann is awesome. Before this fight, I would always tout his stand-up and his underrated ground game, but now you can add mental game to his list of attributes. To be able to be in that position and still have it in you to win is an amazing show of mental fortitude.

    Awesome win for Kampmann. I think Kampann just needs to work on damage avoidance and he will be a major contender.

  • phrankthetank

    Thank god kampmann is getting some respect! I scored both of his split decision losses as wins, which would put him on a pretty impressive win streak against top notch opponents. I gotta give credit to alves tho, he looked fantastic in this fight. Excellent takedown defense, excellent ground control, great lateral movement, very crisp very quick striking, and beautiful combinations. Kampmann has no quit in him though and found a way to win, beautiful reversal.

  • GiovanniB

    Mighty Mouse needed to shut the hell up and just say “I’m thankful for this gift” instead of saying he “knew” he had rounds 1 & 2 in the bag.

    Now, it may sound like a contradiction, but I’d say let Benavidez and Mighty Mouse fight for the title and then give an automatic title shot to Ian so he can fight the first fly weight champ which I know wont be Might Mouse!