After 29 months of inactivity, Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition this week.
“I’ve known for a while,” Kampmann told UFC.com. “I just haven’t really made it official. I’m not sure why.”
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The 33-year-old Danish fighter made his UFC debut in August 2006 as a middleweight and won his first four fights inside the Octagon. After a loss to Nate Marquardt in 2008, Kampmann dropped down to the welterweight division.
Kampmann was on the cusp of getting a title shot on two occasions, but never made it to a championship fight. He lost to Jake Shields by split decision at UFC 121 in October 2010. Shields went on to fight then-champion Georges St-Pierre in his next outing. After three consecutive wins, Kampmann was again in title contention when he suffered knockout loss to Johnny Hendricks at UFC 154 in November 2012. Hendricks would go on to fight for the title two fights later.
Kampmann last fought in August 2013, losing to Carlos Condit by technical knockout. He fought 17 times in the UFC over his 10-year career. He earned Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors twice and Knockout of the Night once. His career record stands at 20-7.
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