One of the longest tenured Welterweight contenders currently on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, Martin Kampmann will step into the Octagon for fight No. 17 under the ZUFFA umbrella when he takes on former 170-pound interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 27.
The explosive 170-pound showdown fight, which goes down tomorrow evening (Weds., Aug. 28, 2013) on FOX Sports 1 from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., will be rematch four years in the making. The talented mixed martial arts (MMA) standouts initially exchanged leather in 2009, with "The Hitman" getting the best of "The Natural Born Killer" via split decision.
However, his losses to "Bigg Rigg" and Shields sting Kampmann the most because as he explained to Times Colonist, his mind wasn't right heading into the fights. And it's something he learned the hard way to fix (or else!) prior to fight night.
"I didn't show up mentally for that fight (Hendricks). I was there, but I wasn't there, and I paid dearly for it. You can't go in and not be mentally ready in a fight like that when you're fighting a heavy hitter. If he connects, then you're going to get hurt. I've done that in the past with other fights where I've been knocked down, getting hit, and -- coming back -- have won it. But, it's not a good thing to go long-term so I've changed up. I'm going to come in and be ready to go from the beginning this time around."
Kampmann is determined to prove that despite his recent setbacks, he is 100 percent focused on the task at hand and won't be drawn into his foe's strengths once he steps in the Octagon.
It's a trap Kampmann admits has been his downfall in the past:
"I've definitely made mistakes in the past. Especially when I fought Shields. That's the fight I'm most disappointed in my own performance. Because I pretty much game that fight away. I was beating him ... Even the way I fought, I still thought I beat him. Because he didn't really do nothing other than lay on me and hug me. I was trying too much to submit him, which was stupid. I should have just pounded him out."
Even though he already holds a victory over Condit, Kampmann is a 2-1 underdog going into their five-round UFC Fight Night 27 main event rematch.
Undeterred, "The Hitman" is willing to prove that his best inside the Octagon is still to come and he plans on taking out Condit one more time.
Hit pre-fight intentions:
"I think I still have a lot left to prove, The UFC hasn't seen the best of me, at all. So that's what I intend to show. I love to prove the oddsmakers wrong. I've done that countless times before and I'd love to do it again on Wednesday."
A win would boost Kampmann's confidence, as well as his position on the divisional totem pole. And while he wouldn't mind a crack at division champion Georges St. Pierre down the road, a do-over against Hendricks is something he has his sights set on.
But first, Kampamann must take part in another rematch against Condit, a fighter determined not to suffer his third straight defeat inside the eight-walled cage.
That's no small feat.