Martin Kampmann Taking His Time On Possible Return to the Octagon
Martin Kampmann has been keeping a low profile in the fight world lately. Since his last fight (and loss) in August, Kampmann has been been taking a little break and trying to enjoy himself outside of the cage. He has even been strengthening his poker game by winning $50,000 in Reno over the weekend. But Kampmann doesn’t want to completely count himself out of fighting just yet.
“I enjoy fighting, but I’m taking a break from fighting right now, anyway,” Kampmann today told MMAjunkie Radio. “So it’s nice to have something to occupy my time. It could be just a lucky streak right here, but if I do well in some other (poker tournaments), we’ll see.”
Recently, Kampmann has been mentioned for possibly taking on the role of head coach and Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. The fight team, that touts major MMA players like TJ Dillashaw, Chad Mendes, and Urijah Faber have been searching for a new coach since they announced the departure of Duane “Bang” Ludwig from their organization. Kampmann did admit to heading down to Team Alpha Male for a sort of “try-out” but isn’t prepared to make any official statements just yet.
“I think maybe everyone jumped the gun a little bit,” he said. “I had a good time up there, and Urijah’s a good guy. I definitely can see myself going into some coaching – I enjoy coaching guys that want to fight and have the desire to compete. It’s something I want to do more in.”
Right now, while he wants to leave the stage open for a possible UFC return, he just wants to concentrate on taking his time and enjoying his break.
“There’s no projected date (to fight) right now,” he said. “I’m still just laying low. I don’t want to put any date on it. I’m still training here and there, but I’m trying to recover from the injuries and not (mess) myself up. I’m getting more into coaching and stuff like that, and I have poker and some other business ventures I’m trying out, setting myself up for when I’m done fighting. It put things in perspective that I won’t be fighting forever.”