Kampmann Plans to Make Sanchez Pay for Takedown Attempts

By Sherdog.com Staff Mar 3, 2011
Diego Sanchez is known for pushing the pace, and that’s exactly what Martin Kampmann expects when they fight March 3 in the main event of “UFC Live 3.”

“I think his biggest attribute is his pace, his stamina,” Kampmann (Pictured) said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “He keeps going and he keeps a high pace. Sometimes people, like Paulo Thiago, get dragged into that. [Thiago] gassed. I think Thiago won the first round of the fight, but he just gassed and Diego took over in the second and the third, just outworking him.”

Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Thiago in their October welterweight matchup at UFC 121. It was a crucial victory considering that he was coming off back-to-back losses to B.J. Penn and John Hathaway.

“I don’t think he came in with the right mindset for John Hathaway,” Kampmann said. “I think he’s back to his old self [now]. He’s rediscovered himself and is back at [Greg Jackson’s camp], so I think he’s going to be a very game and dangerous opponent.”

Sanchez has been outspoken regarding the changes he’s made since reuniting with Greg Jackson, the trainer who ushered him into the UFC. In addition to getting back to his roots, Sanchez is living a healthier lifestyle. Kampmann plans on having to defend takedowns from a determined, conditioned opponent.

“I’m sure he’s going to try to take me down, but I’m going to counter that and make him pay for it,” Kampmann said. “Let him do the work and work hard to get me down. I don’t want to be the guy on the bottom working to get up. That’s going to be tough.”

Kampmann’s most recent fight was also against a grappling-oriented opponent. He lost a heartbreaking split decision to Jake Shields the same night Sanchez bested Thiago.

“I was too eager to try to submit him,” Kampmann said. “I was playing his game. I should have just stuck to punching him some more. I felt I wanted to finish him, but I got a little bit too caught up in that. Sometimes in the heat of the moment you make mistakes. You look at it now, it sucks, but you have to realize you can’t change the past. You just have to learn from it and move on and hopefully come back stronger.”

With the win, Shields has been given a title shot against Georges St. Pierre. Meanwhile Kampmann is trying to work his way back up the ranks.

“I’m focused on Diego Sanchez now,” he said. “I was definitely depressed a little bit after that loss for a couple of weeks, but you get over it and you move on.”

A win over Sanchez would definitely be a step toward getting back in the title hunt.

“I’m focused on the task at hand, and now that’s to beat up Diego Sanchez,” Kampmann said. “I’m not worried about a title shot, but of course my goal is -- I’d love to get a title shot. The way to get there is by beating the opponents in front of me right now. That’s what I’m focused on and hopefully if I win, I can move one step closer.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:43:35) with Kampmann, who also discussed Jake Shields’ chances against Georges St. Pierre.

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