Speaking of Koscheck, he said during his Q&A that Kampmann is talented but fights with horrible game plans. Will that be the case tonight?
R1: Story crowding Kampmann, driving forward with a barrage of shots. Story is unloading with some BIG shots. Kampmann gets out without getting too hurt. Story with a nice right hand. Kampmann is bleeding over his right eye. We’re seeing some nice body shots from Story. Now Story is bleeding over his right eye. Kampmann with a head kick, but Story blocks it. Both fighters are stnding in the center of the cage, but neither one is throwing out combis. Kampmann with a nice right hand. Story’s aggression has faded, giving Kampmann time to breathe and set up his punches, but the Hitman is hesitant to swing as well. Story dives in for a shot, but Kampmann keeps it on the feet.
R2: Kampmann starts off strong with a punch and head kick. Nice exchange from both men ends with a strong right from Story. The Hitman is gaining confidence and starting to throw more strikes. A pair of blocked head kicks from Kampmann. Nice standing elbow from Story, but Kampmann indicates it didn’t hurt. Story would be well served to go go wild again and swing for the fences, but he’s holding back. Kampmann grabs a body lock and drops Story to his back. Martin is working from half guard, coming close to securing an arm triangle but losing the hold. Story is just holding on with no real effort to escape. Kampmann makes another play for the arm triangle, but nothing doing.
R3: Kampmann looks to be the fresher of the two to start the round. Story reverts to his first round tactic of pressure and heavy strikes, backing Kampmann against the fence. Kampmann reverses position and puts Story against the cage as he works for a double leg. He succeeds momentarily, but Story pops up. Kampmann has his back but loses it and they’re back to the center of the Octagon swinging away. Now Story shoots for the takedown, but can’t hold Kampmann down. Nice knees from Kampmann in the clinch. Kampmann is locked on Story’s torso and looking to drag him down and resume his second round ground dominance. The two trade take downs, but neither is off their feet for more than a few seconds. Now Kampmann takes Story’s back and going for a rear naked choke as the clock winds down.
Martin Kampmann defeats Rick Story by Split Decision