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Martin Kampmann Won’t Fight T.J. Grant, Wants Someone Better

Martin Kampmann
(Kampmann does some of his best thinking on the streets, right around dusk, wearing his UFC sweatshirt.  You wouldn’t understand, man.)

You have to love it when an MMA fighter explains why he turned down a fight that the UFC offered him and begins with the phrase, ‘No disrespect to [name of fighter he is disrespecting], but…’  It’s as smooth a move as saying, ‘Don’t take this the wrong way,’ right before you say something that you know will be taken the wrong way.  That’s basically what Martin Kampmann is doing while explaining to Versus.com why he turned down a fight with T.J. Grant that has been all over the internets the last couple days as if were totally official:

“No disrespect to T.J. Grant, but I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any sense for me at the moment,” Kampmann said. “I want to fight some higher ranked guys. I never even knew who the guy was, and he’s probably a tough guy. But I want to fight guys who make sense for me and who can escalate me up the ladder more, so I didn’t accept that fight. I don’t know what happened, but apparently some miscommunication somewhere because I saw it all over the internet.”


Dude’s kind of got a point.  Grant has a 14-2 record, which is impressive until you look at who he’s fought.  His biggest win so far was a split decision victory over Ryo Chonan in his Octagon debut at UFC 97.  

Kampmann, on the other hand, just won a fairly high-profile fight against former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit.  After that win you’d expect him to get someone further up the food chain than Grant.  

Then again, turning down fights because you feel the opponent isn’t good enough is a good way to hurt your pocketbook and piss off the UFC, who may well overmatch you just to make a point or, in at least one circumstance, cut your ass on account of your refusal to fight combined with your idiotic statements in the press.  Kampmann’s in no danger of that, but he still might want to tread carefully here.

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ColinL- May 22, 2009 at 9:17 pm
The Condit fight could've gone either way, and I'm pretty sure Condit lost because he spent more time on his back than Kampmann in the 3rd round. Condit definitely landed more strikes, and heavier strikes.


But anyway-- I agree that Kampmann is dumb. Take the fight, kick TJ's ass, and ask for a bigger fight next time. He'll probably be facing someone from AKA real soon, then we'll see what he's made of.
ken-mura- May 22, 2009 at 8:46 am
My favorite Kampmann fight is his submission of Drew McFedries. He out worked Condit, and I think he should get a step up in fighters. But on the other hand, if he did take a fight with an unkown, he could demolish them, and then say he told them so.
I'm just glad he doesn't do that arm-cross-thing-with-the-head-tilt he used to do.
peacexxl- May 22, 2009 at 8:39 am
You don't turn down a fight in the UFC because the comp isn't good enuff. You destroy the guy they feed you then get on your knees after the fight and beg for a title shot.
C-Bus Allstar- May 22, 2009 at 5:36 am
Bwahaha... The only reason I've never read anything HAL writes is because he writes it in all capital letters.. That shit's just annoying as hell to read..

Onto the topic at hand though, I don't blame Martin Kampmann a fucking bit. T.J. Grant is a fucking beast with ZERO name recognition. Yea, it'd be a great fight, but if Kampmann loses, he loses to a nobody, and that sets him back 6 or 8 months AT LEAST. If I were Kampmann I'd be asking for a Karo Parisyan, or a Mike Swick..
ArmFarmer- May 22, 2009 at 5:35 am
I'm just glad that cool guy bullshit is over.
HereForTheBooze- May 22, 2009 at 5:34 am
Kampmann actually has some stock since he's not coming off of a loss and has shown a lot of promise in the past, since he only loss to Nate the great at 185.

Throw him kos, That's another step up in competition and with the way kos got knocked out last time I'm sure he's rabid at the mouth for another fight.
Goog- May 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Hal...
I posted a lot until the retarded, nonsensical off-topic wars became the only thing happening. It'd be 3 pages of guys talking about who's the best cocksucker. For a while, anything that was posted was just a target for ridicule. I dare say it's gotten better lately. I think the humorous comments make this place more interesting and worth checking out, so I'd hate to see it disappear altogether. I watch alot of MMA and have my own thoughts, but I dig the insight and opinions of OB&I, yourself, and select others who actually offer a contrasting view. If it's funny, even better. But just talking about how much cum other posters drink...eh... you can get that kind of crap in 8th grade.

Maybe I'll start chiming in more if it stays like this.

On topic, I don't really blame Kampmann. I think beating Condit was enough to keep him from a lateral move.

One Two- May 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm
ufc probabally doesnt like that other guy and wants to get rid of him or their confusing outclassed stoppages with good fights again. Isn't Koscheck 170? give him that fuckin d-bag.
HAL_13- May 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm
@ GOOG, JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU MY FRIEND. YOU DON'T POST MUCH ON HERE ANYMORE, AND I GOTTA TELL YOU THAT I MISS YOUR COMMENTS, AND THE WARS THAT WE HAD IN THE PAST. YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE MADE MORE SENSE THEN ANYONE ELSE HERE WITH YOUR COMMENTS. DON'T SWEAT THE FLAMES MAN BECAUSE ITS GOING TO BE FUNNY AS HELL TO SEE EVERYONE HERE UNLEASH ALL THAT PUNISHMENT ON YOU FOR YOUR POSTING. Now if we can cut back on the gay sex accusations, this might actually look like an MMA discussion board. WELL SAID......TAKE CARE GOOG, AND ALWAYS STAY TUNED.
Goog- May 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm
This place wouldn't be the same without Hal. We've slung some mud back in the day, but I gotta say... I always tune in to see what he's up to. I like the guy, despite the 100 flames I'm about to get for saying it.

I also have to say I'm glad to see the Comment of the Week gone. It's pretty obvious there are less over the top lame efforts to win a shirt. Now if we can cut back on the gay sex accusations, this might actually look like an MMA discussion board.

Hal for the win.
HAL_13- May 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm
@ NATEGETSIRATE, HELL YES MY MAN I AGREE WITH YOU 110% ON Would you piece together another top 7 list already? How's about "top 7 commenters that piss me off"? THAT WOULD BE NOTHING BUT AWESOME. THERE ARE SEVERAL ON HERE THAT REALLY PISS ME OFF MORE THEN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD WITH ALL OF THERE STUPID TALK, AND NONSENSE COCK, TAINT, BUTT LICKING TALK AND SO ON, AND SO ON. I FEEL YOUR ANGER BRO BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT MMA. I BELIEVE THAT YOU AND I ARE THE ONLY ONE'S WHO HAPPEN TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. I GOTTA THROW MY OL'BUDDY GOOG IN THE MIX WITH US ALSO. GOOG REALLY KNOWS HIS SHIT ABOUT MMA AS WELL AS ME, AND YOU. SO WHAT DO YA SAY THAT WE CONVINCE CAGE POTATO TO DO A BIG TOP 7 LIST OF PEOPLE THAT PISS US OFF ON HERE. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME CAUSE THERE ARE SEVERAL THAT WOULD BE A CLOSE RUNNING. THE LIST COULD GO FOR MILES. GREAT IDEA OL'BUDDY. LETS JUST KEEP HOUNDING THEM, AND MAYBE THEY WILL DO IT FOR US. I GOTTA FEELING THAT YOU AND ME COULD BECOME CAGE POTATOS TAG TEAM COMMENTING CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD. WE WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE. THESE POOR KNOW NOTHING FOLKS COULD'NT TOUCH US. WHAT DO YA SAY CHAMP. LETS TAKE IT TO EM......
BeefHouse- May 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm
No. We're not the ones who matter. We're the nobody chumps who care about the ones who matter. Most of the commenters are asshats and Doing a piece on them would only add to their/ our overinflated sense of self worth. Stick to the fight stuff (that you do better than anyone else IMHO) and not pandering to morons. Stuffing feathers up their asses will not make them chickens.
Ubernoober- May 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm
War Machine turning down a fight against Brandon Wolff because Brandon was too good is one thing.

Martin Kampmann turning down T.J. Grant because he wants into title contention is another thing.
ArmFarmer- May 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm
That's a pretty good idea actually, any list involving the commenters of this site would be pretty interesting. Well.. it would to the commenters anyway.. but were the ones that really matter anyway right?
NateGetsIrate- May 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm
No disrepect to CagePotato, but... booorring! Would you piece together another top 7 list already? How's about "top 7 commenters that piss me off"?
Poo Flinger- May 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm
scaredy cat!
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