The bar for success was set pretty high early on in
The "Hitman" is ready to set that bar a little bit higher for his next fight, a main event tilt against the last ever WEC welterweight champion
While the move to the welterweight division made sense for Kampmann, who was arguably one of the smaller 185-pounders competing in the UFC, his string of wins over fighters like
Following a TKO loss to
"That cut was no problem at all. It felt good fighting at 170, and I actually cut too much weight, I weighed in at 168," Kampmann commented. "I felt strong, I felt fast, I felt good. So no problem there."
Kampmann stormed through his first opponent,
"I would have preferred not to get kicked in the balls, but besides that it was okay," Kampmann said with a laugh about his last fight.
Now the Xtreme Couture fighter returns for a much bigger challenge in the Top-10 ranked Condit, who steps into the bout with a great amount of hype from being the WEC welterweight king.
"I've seen him fight in the WEC, I know he's a tough guy," stated Kampmann. "He's been beating up guys in the WEC, so I thought it was a good fight. I thought we matched up well against each other. I think it should be a good fight for sure."
Both Kampmann and Condit come from kickboxing backgrounds, but have transitioned their games to much more than that since fighting tougher competition. While similar in some ways, Kampmann still believes the differences between he and Condit are great.
"I can see some similarities, but we're still different fighters," he commented. "I think we've both got good stand-up, and decent ground, I think we match up well."
"Right now I'm just focusing on Condit, and we'll worry about all the other guys afterwards," he said about the welterweight division.
He'll get his chance, as Martin Kampmann takes on Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 in Nashville, Tenn., live on Spike TV.