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Martin Kampmann banks $52,740 for winning Nevada Poker Challenge main event

The heck with this getting-punched-in-the-face bullshit!

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And here I thought Martin Kampmann was just being extra cautious after a couple of concussions.

The absentee Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight has still been kicking ass, but he's traded in the Octagon for a poker table, recently capturing the main event of the Nevada Poker Challenge earlier this month, which resulted in a $52,740 payday.

That's roughly $10,000 more than his last disclosed "show" money for competing in UFC.

From our friends at MMA Torch:

Kampmann, who is coached by poker pro Jason Somerville, is a representative of Ultimate Poker, the online site owned and run by UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who also own Station Casinos in Las Vegas. He picked up a win in the $1,100 buy-in event at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada.


Kampmann (20-7) is coming off back-to-back knockout losses to Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit, the latter of which marked the fifth time in his professional career that he was stopped due to strikes. In addition, the 32 year-old "Hitman" failed to secure his long-coveted number one contender spot since dropping to welterweight in 2009.

And even if the poker thing doesn't workout, it looks like he may have a job waiting for him in Sacramento.

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