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Martin Kampmann Thinks Jake Shields Is a Boring Fighter


(Martin Kampmann: Even when he grooms his eyebrows it’s intense.)

In the lead up to Saturday’s UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velsasquez show in Anaheim, a major talking point has been Jake Shields‘s highly anticipated UFC debut. Lost in all the hype and Jake-centric media coverage is Shields’s opponent Martin Kampmann, who has taken out names like Paulo Thiago, Carlos Condit, and Thales Leites during his 10-fight run in the Octagon.

Martin was a guest on the latest episode of The Bum Rush Radio Show, where he discussed being underestimated by fans, and agreed with the widespread opinion that Jake Shields is boring a fighter. For the benefit of you lazy bastards who haven’t subscribed to our show yet, we’ve reprinted an excerpt below…

CAGEPOTATO.COM: It seems like all the media attention in this fight is on your opponent. You have Dana White saying Jake Shields will likely get a title shot if he beats you…do you feel overlooked or disrespected in any way by how this fight is being promoted, or presented in the media?
MARTIN KAMPMANN: He’s getting a lot of hype, and I feel sometimes people underestimate me. People underestimated me for my last fight too, they were counting me out then as well, but I proved everybody wrong, and I plan to prove everybody wrong in this fight as well…I’m in the UFC to achieve my goals, and Jake’s just another guy in the way.

If Jake Shields is being offered a title shot if he beats you, do you think the same offer should extend to you? If you beat Shields, are you worthy of the next shot?
Yeah, I definitely think so. If he can earn a title shot coming in from Strikeforce with his first fight in the UFC…this is my 11th fight in the UFC, so I think I’ve paid my dues. Of course it’s up to the UFC who gets the title shot, but I definitely think that it’ll put me up in #1 contender status with a win.


What are your overall impressions of Jake as a fighter? Lately he’s been getting a bad reputation as a boring fighter. Do you agree with that?
Yeah I think sometimes his fights tend to be boring. There’s rarely much action in the striking department in his fights. He’s really good at what he does, he tries to get people to the ground and dominate them from on top. He’s got a really good grappling game, he’s one of the best grapplers in the welterweight division, but yeah, I think sometimes it tends to make a boring fight.

Considering what Shields was able to do to Dan Henderson in April, have you been focusing more on takedown defense in training?
Oh definitely, I think the key to the fight’s gonna come down to defending the takedown. I feel confident fighting him wherever the fight goes, but I think I’ll definitely have the bigger advantage when the fight’s standing. I’m sure he’s going to try take me down, he does that in all his fights, so I’m well prepared.

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thenutman69321- October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am
Hopefully Kampmann whoops Shields ass back to Strikeforce. No one wants to see you sit on someone and hump them for the whole fight Shields, find a new career until you learn how to actually fight, not just hold your opponent down.
dranokills- October 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm
RSparrow Says:
Tue, 10/19/2010 - 05:38

Shields by unan. 28-27 decision.

FBF Are you drunk again?
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Hank Mardukis- October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Here's hoping Woody Harrelson up there can resist falling asleep in the cage and put away Shields. Hopefully he get's the title shot, I'd much rather see him fight GSP than Jake.
the glza- October 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm
kampmann is about due for a highlight-reel KO, and shields is the perfect victim.
fatbellyfrank- October 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm
^ not yet
RSparrow- October 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm
Shields by unan. 28-27 decision.

FBF Are you drunk again?
fatbellyfrank- October 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm
ghostboner Says:
Tue, 10/19/2010 - 09:44
@Tard Fergyson - no one thinks you retart...
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Yair, who call Tard retart, you retart not Tard, Tard funny
fatbellyfrank- October 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm
^ Calgary doesnt have interwebs does it? he'll never know
ghostboner- October 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Nobody tell Bret Hart he has been replaced.
ghostboner- October 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm
@Mr. Misanthropei - He is way the hitmanniest. And he has the best hitmanners. Plus he rich, I bet he lives in a super pimp hitmansion. With many hitmanservants.

Jake shields is so boring when he goes in for a relaxing massage the therapist falls asleep.
ghostboner- October 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm
@Tard Fergyson - no one thinks you retart...

JAKE SHIELDS IS SO BORING I HAVE TO USE CAPS LOCK TO TALK ABOUT HIM AND STAY AWAKE!!!
Videodrome_NOW- October 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Kampmann is badass and is way more likable than Shields and pretty much everyone else in the division. I hope he wrecks Shields and puts him to sleep before Jake puts us to sleep.
BryanF- October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm
I think Jake has earned the nickname "the sandman" for all the wrong reasons...
Ballkick- October 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Look for the Guy from StrikeFource to try and ground Kampmann within the first minute of round one.
From there,....Grab a cold one, and your Suggies boys!
Sit back to a spectacle that should be as much fun as watching your progress bars during a 785MB download on a 14.4K baud rate modem.
Turd Furgeson- October 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm
You guys probably think I'm retarded; I'm not, it's just all my best comments get flagged as spam.
agentsmith- October 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm
Fuck it, I'm changing my pick to Kampmann.
Ballkick- October 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Oh fuck,...my apologies,.....I must have drifted off to sleep there for a bit.
Funny thing,....the mere mention of the name Jake Shieldzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
disastras- October 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm
I want ol' Marty to win so bad, but I fear it is going to be two men hugging on the ground for 3 rounds. Martin is scrappy though, and always seems to get back to his feet. Here's hoping!
Ballkick- October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm
I've always been a fan of Kampmann and think he is a gifted striker. But most people forget that of his 17 wins 6 were by submission. His only losses have come from hard ass compitition like Paul Daley, Nate Marquart and Andrei Semanov.
But on the flip-side he has beat such notable fighters as Paulo Thiago, Carlos Condit, and Jorge Rivera.
I don't think Jake Seildzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
RwilsonR- October 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm
@ BryanF - Pussy. A real man would use plyers.
BryanF- October 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm
@tehbeej

I'm pretty sure he's using the nail clippers to take out his stitches...yeah...sounds pretty badass now, doesn't it?
Mr_Misanthropy- October 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Of the 33 fighters on the fight finder with the nickname "hitman" Kampmann is the hitmanest as far as I'm concerned.
Merlin- October 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm
he's too viking to use tweezers
topdog- October 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Shields is going to get mopped by Martin. DW is making an example of him for Coker and company!!!
Almost North- October 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Danish people are insane. True Story.
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