Hitman out to shake Jake
'Hitman' hoping to complete hat-trick of victories
By Jonathan Witty - Twitter: @skybet_Jonathan. Last Updated: May 31, 2012 6:57pm
Martin Kampmann: Back in the octagon
Martin Kampmann will enter the Octagon on Friday night knowing that a win over Jake Ellenberger could put him in line for a UFC Welterweight title shot.
Ellenberger has gone on an excellent winning run of late including high profile back-to-back victories over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez and is 4/9 favourite to beat his Danish opponent.
Kampmann does not have the same recent record, although he has defeated Rick Story and Thiago Alves in his last two outings, and has been working hard on his fitness ahead of this clash.
Ellenberger has only one defeat on his UFC record, which is to interim title holder Carlos Condit, and Kampmann is determined to add to that statistic in their five-round encounter on Friday.
"I've been working hard on my cardio to get ready for five rounds," Kampmann told UFC.com.
"Five rounds is a lot more than three rounds. It's 10 more minutes to go at it, to get more bruised up and banged up, and two more rounds I have to get in shape for.
"I've been working hard and working my a** off to get ready to go in there and beat up Jake Ellenberger."
Kampmann looked destined for defeat in his last outing against Alves, but managed to turn things around with a late submission in the third round to set-up this potential title eliminator.
The 30-year-old admits that he underperformed in the bout, but is intent of producing a decisive finish against Ellenberger.
He added: "I was a little disappointed with my performance actually because I thought I could have fought better
"Now I'm going in there to finish fights. I'm tired of going to judges decisions because judges don't seem to see things my way.
"That's the past. I come in to finish fights. I'm not there to go to a judges' decision. I wanted to finish Thiago Alves and I did. I want to finish Jake Ellenberger as well."