Martin Kampmann is retired mixed martial artist who fought at middleweight and most notably at welterweight in the UFC.

He most recently faced welterweight contender Paulo Thiago, dominating him with seemingly little effort en route to a unanimous decision.

He next faced former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields in the latter's UFC debut. Kampmann was overtaken many times throughout the fight by Shields's superior grappling ability. On the feet, he tagged Shields repeatedly and seemed to have the far superior cardio. Nevertheless, Shields pulled out a controversial split decision victory that was greeted with boos from the audience. Somehow, Shields even earned a title shot with the bout.

Kampmann was not punished in the rankings for the controversial loss and he next faced fellow contender Diego Sanchez in the main event of the third UFC On Versus event. Sanchez defeated Kampmann via controversial unanimous decision. Kampmann injured his right hand during the bout's third round. He was next set to face John Howard but he was injured and replaced by Matt Brown.

Afterwards, Kampmann signed on to face fellow contender Rick Story. Kampmann defeated Story via clear-cut unanimous decision. He next faced another fellow contender, Thiago Alves. Alves dominated Kampmann for almost fifteen minutes before succumbing to a beautiful comeback guillotine choke submission performed by Kampmann in the fight's closing seconds. It was an amazing come-from-behind victory and Kampmann shot up the rankings again.

Kampmann next signed to face Jake Ellenberger, likely for the next title shot against the winner of the UFC welterweight title unification bout between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit. Kampmann defeated Ellenberger via second round comeback TKO.

Kampmann next faced Johny Hendricks for the official title shot, losing via first round knockout.

After a good long hiatus, Kampmann signed for a rematch against Carlos Condit. Condit defeated Kampmann via fourth round TKO after a bloody war.

After a month or two Kampmann was called out by Strikeforce veteran Adlan Amagov for a January 2014 competition. The fight never materialized and, in fact, Kampmann never ended up fighting again, entering a period of what he described as semi-retirement. He officially retired nearly two years after the Condit fight in August 2015.


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