This weekend at UFC 139 top welterweights Martin Kampmann and Rick Story will square off and try to bounce back from recent losses.
UFC 139 is set to take place on November 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. With the original heavyweight title fight headliner between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Santos moving from UFC 139 to UFC on FOX 1 the organization has decided to go with a non-title affair between Dan Henderson and “Shogun” Rua as the evenings featured attraction.
For Story, he was last seen in a grueling three-round affair against Charlie Brenneman that saw him derailed from all talks of a title contention
For Kampmann, he last saw action in one of the most entertaining fights of the year against Diego Sanchez and was, as he puts it, on the wrong side of some bad judges decisions.
Luckily for us, Martin gave us a few moments of his time to discuss the loss, what he thinks about the judges and his upcoming main card bout this weekend at UFC 139.
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT: Full *unedited Audio with additional content at the end of the entry
PC: What are your thoughts on this fight with Rick Story?
MK: “I think he’s a tough matchup, he’s a great wrestler and he likes to come in and bang. He’s a great wrestler too, he can take a punch and he can dish them out. It’s a tough matchup, but I am well prepared and I’m going to kick his ass.”
PC: Story was riding high on a big win streak until he faced Brenneman on short notice. Do you hold any stock in that loss or was he just taking on too much at one time?
MK: “I think maybe he did take on too much at one time. I’m a different fighter than Brenneman, that fight was pretty much a wrestling match it wasn’t that exciting. He just ended up on the bottom because Brenneman was able to take him down and he lost a wrestling match. It wasn’t like he got beaten up bad, so I think he is still very tough.
Before that [loss with Charlie] the opponents he’s beat and the guy that fought Alves that’s the opponent I’m expecting to come out. I’m expecting the best out of Rick Story and that’s what I’ve prepared for and that’s the guy I want to beat too.”
PC: What are your thoughts on your losses?
MK: “I think I’ve been on the wrong end of some decisions. I think my last loss against Diego was complete bullshit. I beat him up and he knows he got beat up and the judges got it wrong.
This time I’m going to go in there and finish the fight, I’m tired of the judges having a say on who is winning the fight because I know I got the better of Diego Sanchez and he knows it too. It sucks but I can’t go back and change it, I’m just looking forward to the next fight and I’m going to have to finish them from now on. For some reason the judges don’t like me too much.”
PC: Where do you rank Rick Story when comparing him to your previous opponents?
MK: “I think he’s definitely one of the best guys in the UFC and I think he is very tough and I think he will do great in the UFC after I beat him up.”
PC: How do you see this fight playing out?
MK: “Knock out or submission either way and I’m happy. When I visualize the fight I visualize a three round war because I don’t want to go out thinking it’s going to be a first round stoppage. I always visualize a three round war, but no doubt in my mind I’m going to finish him. I have better Jiu Jitsu, I feel like I can submit him, I have better striking I can knock him out, either way I’m happy as long as I finish the fight.”
“… I need to win all my fights, I’m tired of getting screwed by the judges, I’m here to win.”
PC: How was training at Xtreme Couture this time around and where there guys there sufficient to help you in this matchup?
MK: “I feel good, I’ve had a bunch of guys to work with, I feel I’m well prepared for the fight and I’m going to show him on Saturday.”
PC: Last question here is just give me a sales pitch on your fight, if someone is on the fence about ordering this weekend’s pay-per-view how would you sell it to them?
MK: “They got to get the UFC. My fight is going to be action packed, I’m going in there for the kill and Rick Story is a scrapper he can eat a punch and he can dish them out too. He comes forward and he will eat punches just to give one back. This is going to be a fucking war!”
To listen to the rest of the interview where Martin talks about Alistair Overeem joining his team, wanting to fight Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit getting screwed out of his title shot, fight predictions and many more topics, just click play and listen to the audio below.
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