Martin Kampmann

Martin Kampmann Frederiksen (born April 17, 1982) is a retired Danish professional mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former Cage Warriors World Middleweight Champion.

Martin Kampmann
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Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 40)
Aarhus, Denmark
Other namesHitman
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach72 in (180 cm)[1]
StyleMuay Thai, Submission Wrestling
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamXtreme Couture
TrainerRay Sefo, Randy Couture
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale
Years active2003–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission7
By decision4
By disqualification1
By knockout5
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 20, 2013


Originally from Aarhus, Denmark, Kampmann began training in wrestling at the age of eight and trained for two years moving to karate at the age of 14 before transitioning into Muay Thai and boxing, competing in both as an amateur. In 2000, Kampmann began training in submission wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, before turning to mixed martial arts.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kampmann compiled an amateur mixed martial arts record of 8-1 before turning professional in 2003 while attending college as an engineering student. Kampmann then compiled a professional record of 9–1, capturing the Cage Warriors Middleweight Championship in the process, before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kampmann competed for many years in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He initially fought as a middleweight, where he made his debut at UFC Fight Night 6 as a late replacement for Kalib Starnes.[3] In his debut fight with the UFC, Kampmann defeated Crafton Wallace by first-round submission. His next victory came by way of unanimous decision over future top contender Thales Leites in The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale on November 11, 2006. At UFC 68, after being wobbled and knocked down numerous times, Kampmann showed his toughness and resilience by defeating Drew McFedries via arm-triangle choke late in the first round.

His next UFC fight was scheduled for UFC 72 against former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, but he was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Kampmann returned from his injury at UFC 85, where he defeated the heavy-handed Jorge Rivera by guillotine choke at 2:44 in the first round.

After a first-round TKO defeat to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88, Kampmann announced that he would drop down to the Welterweight division. He made his debut in the division at UFC 93 defeating newcomer Alexandre Barros by TKO in the second round. Kampmann then defeated the last reigning WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit in a closely contested fight via split decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18.

Kampmann was to fight Mike Swick on September 19, 2009, at UFC 103. The winner was to receive a title shot against Georges St-Pierre.[4] On September 4, it was announced that Swick had suffered an injury while training for their upcoming bout. Paul Daley replaced Swick for the fight. With Swick pulling out, the fight was not for the number-one contender spot anymore, as Daley was making his UFC debut. In an upset, Kampmann fell to the British fighter by TKO due to punches just 2:31 into the bout.

Kampmann was expected to face Rory Markham on January 2, 2010, at UFC 108.[5] However, Markham was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jacob Volkmann. Kampmann won via first-round submission using a modified guillotine choke that he calls the "Deathchoke".[6][7]

Kampmann was scheduled to face Ben Saunders at UFC 111.,[8] but was forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Jake Ellenberger.[9]

Kampmann's next fight was against Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC 115.[10] Kampmann controlled and dominated Thiago en route to a unanimous decision victory by a score of 30–27 on all three judges scorecards.

Kampmann faced former EliteXC Welterweight Champion and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and UFC debutant Jake Shields, on October 23, 2010, at UFC 121.[11] He lost a controversial split decision to Shields.

Kampmann then lost another controversial decision to Diego Sanchez on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[12] The bout saw Kampmann outstrike and stagger Sanchez over three rounds (including dropping Sanchez with a punch in the first round), with Sanchez's relentless pace and aggression giving him the nod on all three scorecards. Kampmann stopped 14 out of Sanchez's 15 takedown attempts, and also out-landed him 79–51 in total strikes (according to FightMetric, which scored the fight 29-28 Kampmann). The bout earned Fight of the Night honors.

Kampmann was expected to face John Howard on June 26, 2011, at UFC on Versus 4[13] However, Kampmann was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Matt Brown.[14]

Kampmann defeated Rick Story via split decision on November 19, 2011, at UFC 139.[15] Dana White incorrectly reported at the post fight press conference that the judge's scores had been tabulated incorrectly and should have been announced as unanimous decision in favor of Kampmann.[16] According to the California State Athletic Commission's website and confirmed by, judge Susan Thomas-Gitlin in fact scored the fight in favor of Story.[17]

Kampmann then faced former number-one contender Thiago Alves on March 3, 2012, at UFC on FX 2.[18] After being rocked late, Kampmann latched a guillotine choke onto Alves with one minute remaining in the third round, forcing him to tap.[19] For his performance, Kampmann was awarded Submission of the Night honors.[20]

Kampmann faced Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2012, at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[21] After a first round which saw Kampmann nearly finished after being knocked down by Ellenberger, Kampmann defeated Ellenberger via second-round knockout due to a series of knees.[22] The performance also earned Kampmann Knockout of the Night honors.[23]

Kampmann faced Johny Hendricks on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154.[24] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Kampmann faced Carlos Condit in a rematch on August 28, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 27.[25] After Kampmann controlled the action for most of the first round, Condit dominated the remainder of the fight, finishing Kampmann via TKO in the fourth round.[26] Despite the loss, Kampmann was rewarded for his efforts by earning his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[27]

On January 9, 2014, Kampmann said that he was going to take a hiatus from fighting; he was not retiring, but needed a break.[28] While still maintaining a "hiatus," and not ready to publicly announce his retirement from fighting, Kampmann was named full-time coach of Team Alpha Male, based in Sacramento, California in September 2014.[29][30]

On January 6, 2016, Kampmann publicly confirmed his decision to retire.[31]

Poker careerEdit

In 2014, Kampmann began playing poker with Ultimate Poker with the help of professional poker player, Jason Somerville. Kampmann began this relationship as a guest on Somerville's show, Run it UP.[32] Kampmann went on to play in multiple online and live tournaments with the sponsorship of Ultimate Poker including the Nevada Poker Challenge and the World Series of Poker Main Event. Kampmann took down the Nevada Poker Challenge and pocketed over $52,000.[33] Although, he didn't place inside the money in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, Kampmann made an extremely deep run outlasting fellow Ultimate Poker pros Jason Somerville, Antonio Esfandiari, Danielle Andersen, Dan O'Brien and Bruce Buffer.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Kampmann is married and has two sons. He is close friend to fighters such as Randy Couture and Ray Sefo.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
27 matches 20 wins 7 losses
By knockout 9 5
By submission 6 0
By decision 4 2
By disqualification 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–7 Carlos Condit TKO (punches and knees) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 4 0:54 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 20–6 Johny Hendricks KO (punch) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 1 0:46 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 20–5 Jake Ellenberger TKO (knees) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 2 1:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 19–5 Thiago Alves Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann March 3, 2012 3 4:12 Sydney, Australia Submission of the Night.
Win 18–5 Rick Story Decision (split) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 17–5 Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 17–4 Jake Shields Decision (split) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 17–3 Paulo Thiago Decision (unanimous) UFC 115 June 12, 2010 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 16–3 Jacob Volkmann Submission (ninja choke) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 1 4:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–3 Paul Daley TKO (punches) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 1 2:31 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 15–2 Carlos Condit Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 14–2 Alexandre Barros TKO (punches) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 2 3:07 Dublin, Ireland Welterweight debut.
Loss 13–2 Nate Marquardt TKO (punches) UFC 88 September 6, 2008 1 1:22 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 13–1 Jorge Rivera Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 1 2:44 London, England
Win 12–1 Drew McFedries Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 1 4:06 Columbus, Ohio, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 11–1 Thales Leites Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback Finale November 11, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Crafton Wallace Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night 6 August 17, 2006 1 2:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Edwin Aguilar TKO (punches) WFA: King of the Streets July 22, 2006 1 2:43 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 8–1 Damien Riccio Submission (rear-naked choke) CWFC: Strike Force 4 November 26, 2005 2 1:58 Coventry, England Defended the CWFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Matt Ewin TKO (submission to punches) CWFC: Strike Force 2 July 16, 2005 1 2:45 Coventry, England Won the CWFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–1 Brendan Seguin KO (head kick) KOTC: Warzone June 24, 2005 1 2:05 Sheffield, England
Win 5–1 Matt Ewin TKO (corner stoppage) HOP: Fight Night 2 March 4, 2005 1 5:00 Swansea, Wales
Loss 4–1 Andrei Semenov TKO (doctor stoppage) M-1 MFC: Middleweight GP October 9, 2004 1 1:21 Saint Petersburg, Russia M-1 MFC 2004 Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 4–0 Xavier Foupa-Pokam DQ (illegal strike) EVT 2: Hazard April 4, 2004 2 0:27 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 3–0 Toni Vivas TKO (punches) EVT 1: Genesis December 6, 2003 1 1:23 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 2–0 Dave Jones KO (knee) XFC 2: The Perfect Storm November 9, 2003 1 N/A Cornwall, England
Win 1–0 Gert Mannaerts TKO (punches) Viking Fight 3: Rumble in the West February 15, 2003 1 N/A Aarhus, Denmark

See alsoEdit


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