He was perhaps one fight away from a title shot when he was scheduled to fight
During that time, the middleweight division had been mostly cleaned out of sturdy contenders. Current middleweight champion
Kampmann returned to action against
"I'm very excited," said Kampmann about his upcoming fight. "I'm training hard and I can't wait to get in there."
Marquardt is a tough fighter who has fought some of the best in the business and holds victories over
"I think he's a great opponent," commented Kampmann. "He's probably the toughest guy I've fought this far. His biggest strength is he's so well rounded. He's good at everything. He's got wrestling. He's got stand up. He's got ground. There's not really a weak spot I can pick. I'm just trying to fight the fight wherever it goes. It's a competitive fight."
Since Marquardt will be Kampmann's toughest test, many would think that he would train harder for this fight than any other fight before. However, the Danish fighter believes that every opponent should be trained for equally. "I train hard for every fight. It doesn't matter who it is. I train hard."
Fighting an experienced opponent like Marquardt can prove to be a tough test for any fighter. Therefore, being in great shape is always a must when you fight elite level competition. Kampmann knows this and isn't expecting a quick finish. After all, Marquardt has only been finished three times in his eight losses. Even though Kampmann would like to be the fourth person to finish the
"I always look for the finish, so if that happens, that'd be great. I'm preparing for a three-round war. That's what you got to prepare for. If the fight stops early, good for me, but I'm preparing to go three full rounds."
A victory over Marquardt would definitely solidify Kampmann to the place where he was prior to his devastating knee injury. With the middleweight division wearing thin of opponents, a win over Marquardt may propel him to the forefront division and line him up with a number one contender's bout if Anderson Silva is successful in his title defense against Patrick Cote.
Regardless of the fact that Silva has demolished every fighter that has stepped in front of him since he's entered the UFC, Kampmann thinks that the reigning middleweight king can be defeated and ultimately, he wants a shot at the gold. "Everybody can be beat, I think," he explained. "Anderson Silva can be beat too. Of course, he's a real tough guy. He's a straight up bad ass. But he can be beat too on any given day. I would love to get that opportunity.
"First I have to fight Marquardt and work my way up, but yeah, eventually I'd love to get a title shot."