Martin Kampmann 'teetering' on UFC retirement, leading candidate to become new Team Alpha Male head coach

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

FEAR, does not exist in this dojo, does it? PAIN, does not exist in this dojo, does it? DEFEAT, does not exist in this dojo, does it? PREPARE!

It might soon be much easier for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight veteran, Martin Kampmann, to decide his competitive mixed martial arts (MMA) future.

"Hitman" -- who took an "extended leave" from the sport because of concussion issues -- is the leading candidate to replace Duane Ludwig as head coach at Team Alpha Male, the successful gym that Urijah Faber founded back in 2004 that today features standouts such as Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez and T.J. Dillashaw, among others.

Ariel Helwani shared the update on the latest edition of FOX Sports 1's "UFC Tonight."

Ludwig, who had a big impact on the stable during his brief tenure, announced last month that he was resigning as Team Alpha Male head coach effective May 24, 2014, to pursue a new venture and "build his own brand." Shortly thereafter, Team Alpha Male posted a classified, expressing its interest to fill the position as soon as possible.

Kampmann, obviously, took note and penned a letter if interest that "wowed" Faber, who brought in the Dane earlier this week to demonstrate his coaching skills in Sacramento, California. The 32-year-old, who is coming off back-to-back knockout losses to Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit, was on the fence about his desire -- and physical ability -- to run with the young, hungry and dangerous 170-pound wolfpack.

It would certainly seem like an ideal fit for both parties, providing Kampmann with a nice transition out of competition and Team Alpha Male with a technical striker who has a slick submission game.

And heart. Oh, his heart.

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