Kampmann Refuses TJ Grant Fight
Many web sites have reported that Canada’s TJ Grant will be facing Martin Kampmann. However, Kampmann has told versus.com that he has turned down the proposed bout. Kampmann defeated former WEC champion Carlos Condit at Ultimate Fight Night 18 in April and feels that Grant would be a step down the MMA ladder. Kampmann claims that he was surprised at the offer to fight relative UFC newcomer TJ Grant, who recently beat Ryo Chonan. Kampmann states that he turned down the fight immediately.
“No disrespect to T.J. Grant, but I don’t think it’s a fight that makes any sense for me at the moment,” Kampmann said. “I want to fight some higher ranked guys. I never even knew who the guy was, and he’s probably a tough guy, but I want to fight guys who make sense for me and who can escalate me up the ladder more, so I didn’t accept that fight. I don’t know what happened, but apparently some miscommunication somewhere because I saw it all over the internet.”
Although fans appreciate fighters who accept any opponents, one can understand Kampmann’s logic. No doubt Kampmann feels that accepting a bout against Grant would be a no win situation for him. Kampmann said that his thought process was that most people would expect him to defeat Grant simply because he has been involved in several high-profile UFC fights, but if he loses, it would be viewed as a major upset.
“If I’m thinking with my balls, I’ll take any fight that comes up,” Kampmann said. “But I got to be smart about my career and take the fights that make sense for me, and I don’t think that fight makes sense for me at this time. Maybe when he gets some more wins in the UFC and builds up some good wins in the UFC, then maybe will meet somewhere along the road later.”
Kampmann mentions in the article that he is more interested in facing one of the winners from two fights at UFC 99 – Mike Swick vs Ben Saunders or Marcus Davis vs Dan Hardy.