Martin Kampmann had a long and mostly successful MMA career before announcing his retirement this week, but while he put on a number of highlight-reel performances, headlined several UFC events, and fought more times in the Octagon than many, there was one particular matchup he missed out on.
Discussing his retirement this week in an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Kampmann lamented the fact that he never did get his shot at then-long-reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
“Georges St-Pierre was the champ for a long time in the welterweight division when I was competing and I was very close to getting a title shot a lot of times,” Kampmann said. “Obviously, that was a fight I was always hoping to get and striving and working hard to get, but I never got the fight. I thought a couple times I was close. I was also close to getting a shot at middleweight. [St-Pierre] was the king of the division. He was beating all the best guys, obviously that was the fight I wanted to have.”
Kampmann ended his career with a 20-7 record, 15 of those wins coming by (T)KO or submission.
Penick’s Analysis: That Kampmann, even after several of his losses, remained in the conversation is proof of how entertaining he was throughout his time in the sport. It’s a bummer for him he never got that opportunity, but he doesn’t have anything to regret from his career, and he’s made the right decision for himself to be out of active competition.
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