History in the making: Martin Kampmann wins his UFC debut -- on vacation -- by strangling Crafton Wallace

Copyright: Martin McNeil

"All that talk about jitters in the UFC is bullshit. It's just an excuse for people who come in and lose." --Martin Kampmann on his debut win over Crafton Wallace at UFC Fight Night 6.

When most folks go on vacation, they sip overpriced drinks on the beach and forget about their daily struggles.

Martin Kampmann's idea of "R&R" is winning back-to-back fights.

In summer of 2006, the budding mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter was stateside to train with friend and International Fight League (IFL) standout Mike Pyle in Las Vegas, and quickly found himself as an unlikely substitute for the injured Jose Landi-Jons.

On just two days notice, "The Hitman" gunned down Edwin Aguilar at WFA: "King of the Streets."

His lights-out performance against "El Tigre" caught the eye of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmaker Joe Silva, who found himself in a predicament when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 graduate, Kalib Starnes, suffered an injury and withdrew from his middleweight match-up against Crafton Wallace.

The future welterweight was indeed interested, there was just one problem.

"I just came here on summer vacation," Kampmann would later reveal. "I was supposed to go back to Denmark on the day of my UFC fight. When the UFC fight was offered, I had to change the ticket, push it up a day."

Smart move.

Kampmann was paired off against Wallace -- who was also making his Octagon debut -- on the "Prelims" portion of the UFC Fight Night 6: "Sanchez vs. Parisyan" event, which took place at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 17, 2006.

Here's what happened.

Wallace storms out of the gate with a pair of high kicks. Kampmann remains composed and avoids the early onslaught, before picking his spot and returning fire, snapping back the head of his opponent with a stinging uppercut. "Blaze" fails to adjust and his next round of high kicks gets him slammed to the canvas.

Beginning, meet end.

Herb Dean, perhaps not yet the refined MMA referee that he's become today, shouts at Kampmann to "work" from the onset, despite the great Dane's efforts to capitalize on his position. He's assisted by Wallace, who gives up his back in a scramble and gets trapped in a rear naked choke.

The tap comes at 2:43 of the opening frame.

Kampmann would win his next three fights before a technical knockout loss against Nate Marquardt chased him out of the division. At 170 pounds, "The Hitman" is 7-4 with wins over Thiago Alves, Jake Ellenberger, Paulo Thiago and Carlos Condit.

And "The Natural Born Killer," who fell by way of split decision at UFC Fight Night 18, wants that one back.

They'll do the deed for a second time this Wednesday night (Aug. 28, 2013) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 27 on FOX Sports 1, which takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winner stays alive in the welterweight title race while the loser...

Well, the loser can take a vacation, which all things considered, may not be the worst thing in the world for Kampmann.

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