Martin Kampmann has been a fan favorite since joining the UFC back in 2006. During his eight year run with the organization, Kampmann has won some very tough fights while displaying his tenacity, heart, and talent as an MMA fighter.
Kampmann has not fought since August, where he lost to Carlos Condit by TKO in the fourth round. That fight came off of a tenth month hiatus after getting knocked out by Johny Hendricks in 2012. With a two fight losing streak, Kampmann decided to take a hiatus from MMA in January to pursue other personal endeavors.
In a recent interview with MMAFighting, Kampmann could not say for certain if he will ever return to the Octagon:
You know, as a fighter you never really want to retire. I’ve always enjoyed fighting. It was a hobby of mine that I was able to make into my living. So I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to do that.
But, I just knew that I wanted some time off and at the same time I didn’t want to waste it, so I’m pursuing other possibilities that can benefit me and my family for the future. I’ve been coaching. I like to give back to the guys who have the hunger, and the dreams to go out and try to make something of themselves in the sport. Because I started out like that.
You never know,” he says. “I don’t want to say I’m retired and then six months later come back. I’d rather say I’m taking a break, and if I feel like taking a fight in a couple of months, I’ll call up Joe Silva and I’m sure he’ll have a fight for me.
If Kampmann does indeed retire, he will finish his UFC career with 11-6 record along with seven finishes.