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Martin Kampmann retires from MMA at 33

Welterweight fighter Martin Kampmann (20-7-0) officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts today.

Kampmann’s aggressive style was worthy of his “Hitman” nickname and earned him a large following during his career.

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Speaking to, Kampmann said he is returning to family life inches homeland of Denmark, although MMA will always be in the picture.

“I’m sure I’ll still be involved in MMA,” he said. “It will probably be more from a hobby perspective, whereas before, I was doing full-time fighting and full-time coaching. But I still have gyms that I work with and that I help. I coach, I do seminars, and I work a lot with my affiliate gyms and make sure that they’re getting better in their MMA development. So I’ll be involved in MMA, but now I’m really busy with other things.”

While Kampmann never fought for the title, he did earn two Fight-of-the-Night awards, two submission-of-the-night nods, with one knockout-of-the-night.

His biggest fights included battles against Carlos Condit, Thiago Alves, Jake Ellenberger and Rick Story.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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