Posts Tagged ‘Martin Kampmann’

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To say Robert Follis is good at what he does is an understatement. Not only is he one of the lead trainers at Xtreme Couture, he’s also one of the best. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Follis heads one of the more intense, yet highly skillful Gi and No-Gi jiu-jitsu classes in all of Mixed Martial Arts. Training the likes of current Ultimate Fighting Championship stars such as Evan Dunham, Martin Kampmann and Chael Sonnen, along with legends like Dan Henderson and Randy Couture, Follis has risen in MMA lure as one of the greatest technique coaches of all-time.

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Follis got his start in Martial Arts at 22, when he was a bartender. “I was asked to throw someone out of the bar,” he said. “I didn’t know that was part of the job, so I told myself, ‘I better start training some Martial Arts’. I started working with one of the bouncers at the bar and that’s what got me started.” As his training progressed, he got wind of an up-and-coming fighter that was going to the UFC and needed some training partners. “I was training at a cutting-edge gym when I heard about [Randy] Couture needing someone to spar with,” Follis said. “No one really knew who he was at the time so I thought, ‘yea, I’ll go throw some punches at that guy.”
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Those training days turned into training nights, and soon a friendship blossomed between Couture and Follis. Eventually, a career was formed for Follis amidst all the training and sparring sessions, and he’s never looked back.

The son of a preacher, Follis has long taken after his father in order to get the full potential out of his students. Analogies are a big part of how Follis coaches, and says the use of them makes it easier for his students to correlate what he tries to bestow upon them in the MMA world.  “At one point, tying our shoes was extremely confusing,” he said. “The more you practiced it though, the easier it became. That’s exactly how jiu-jitsu is.”Image

His training with adolescents and young adults helps prepare them for where the sport may be heading in the future, no matter how adverse or challenging it may seem.

“You can be in massively good shape,” Follis said. “But if you doubt yourself and don’t believe in what you’re doing, you won’t succeed. Conversely, you can be the most positive thinker in the world but if you don’t ready your body, you will fail.”

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His love for the sport intertwines with his affection for changing people’s lives with what he teaches at the gym. The self-promoting change has been personal for Follis as he says it was Martial Arts that led him out of a place in his twenties where he lacked any direction and felt unsure of what he wanted in life.

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“Here’s what really makes me love Martial Arts and MMA,” Follis said. “It’s the ability to change your life solely based on the training. To take those lessons and apply them to facets of your life; that’s what it’s all about. That’s huge.”

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UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann training out of Xtreme Couture MMA  has a vitally important fight with Rick Story coming up this weekend at UFC 139. Kampmann has dropped two bouts in a row and a third loss would be a setback in his quest for a title shot.


Kampmann stated: “With the Diego fight I made mistakes, but I still beat him up. His face  was a wreck afterwards and he still has the scars to prove it. I  definitely believe I won that fight and I got the better of him. I would  love to avenge any one of those two losses because I think I’m the  better fighter and I can beat any of those guys.”

Then he states he lost the Shields fight because he made a lot of mistakes, but Martin also has this to say:

“For the most part wrestlers take people down and lay on them. That is  how I lost to Jake Shields. I was kneeing Jake in the face and in the  body. I had a solid submission attempt with a choke. He landed one punch  on me in that entire fight and he didn’t once try to submit me. He won  the fight by getting on top of me and humping my leg. I think the  current scoring system favors wrestlers too much. You can punch a guy  ten times in the face, but if he takes you down and cuddles with you,  they give the round to that guy. It is what it is.”

Pretty candid from Kampmann there, which continues throughout other topics in the interview. He talks about his upcoming fight with Story in more measured terms:

“I’d love to make it a more technical striking match, but I don’t think  that is what he is going to do. I think he is going to want to come in  close. I think that is his strength; he’s a strong dude who wants to  come in swinging. He might get clipped, but when he’s in the pocket like  that he’s dangerous. From a distance though I will be able to pick him  apart.”

“He tries to take his opponents to the ground a lot. He is a wrestler by  nature. I’m sure he is going to try and take the fight to the ground,  but I’m prepared for that. I’m totally ready to counter or stuff the  takedown. If it does go to the ground I’m very confident in my Jiu-jitsu  skills too.”

But he turnes the heat back up when talking about Nick Diaz and the whole Diaz/Condit/GSP saga:

“I personally think Carlos Condit got screwed. Nick Diaz has been pretty  good at hyping himself up. To be honest, I don’t think Diaz is that  good. Anytime he has fought any good wrestlers he has had problems. I  think he’s going to lose badly to GSP. Diaz is good at running his mouth  and doing his thing…you know…being a punk. I would love to fight Nick  Diaz sooner than later. I would absolutely love to fight him somewhere  down the line.”

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The UFC announced late Monday that Xtreme Couture fighter, Martin Kampmann , has stepped out of his UFC on Versus 4 fight against John Howard with an injury. To compensate, Matt Brown moves up the card to face Howard, and Brown’s original opponent, Rich Attonito, will now face Daniel Roberts. The UFC did not disclose the nature of Kampmann’s injury.

Just last week, the card’s main event, between Anthony Johnson and Nate Marquardt, had to change when Johnson pulled out with an injury. Marquardt, dropping from middleweight to make his welterweight debut, now faces Rick Story, who just 10 days ago upset Thiago Alves at UFC 130.

UFC on Versus 4 takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26. The main card airs live on the Versus cable channel, part of a four-fight deal the UFC has with Versus for 2011. Versus previously was the home of the WEC, which was folded into the UFC at the start of this year.

Kampmann was looking to get back in the win column after a pair of decision losses – both controversial – to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez. Shields beat Kampmann by split decision at UFC 121 last October to get a shot at Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title. In March, at UFC on Versus 3, Kampmann lost a unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez – though many believe Kampmann won the fight, and FightMetric’s stats indicate Kampmann did more damage.

Brown has lost three straight, all by submission, to Ricardo Almeida, Chris Lytle and Brian Foster. Howard has lost two in a row, to Jake Ellenberger and Alves, after a 4-0 start to his UFC career.

Attonito also drops down from middleweight to welterweight for the first time. He is coming off a loss to Dave Branch at the TUF 12 Finale in December. Roberts had his three-fight streak stopped by Claude Patrick at UFC 129 in April.

“I feel I’m finally down at the weight class I should have been the entire time,” Attonito said in a release from his management company. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt physically and athletically.”

With just four bouts on the main card on Versus, the event will tie a UFC record for most preliminary card fights on one show with eight. UFC 103, in September 2009, was the first card in the promotion’s history with 13 fights – eight of which were prelims. That was also the first time a pair of prelims aired live on Spike TV.

Though not yet announced by the UFC, some of all of the UFC on Versus 4 prelims could wind up on Facebook. All of the UFC’s events since January’s Fight for the Troops 2 show have included preliminary fights streaming for free on the social networking site. Including this Saturday’s UFC 131 pay-per-view, the last four have aired each fight on the card with a combination of Facebook, Spike and pay-per-views.

Xtreme Couture fighter Frank Trigg,  is ready for his fight Saturday against  John Phillips at BAMMA 6 – May 21.

A 13-year veteran of the sport, Trigg has fought all over the world, but this is the first time that he will have the opportunity to fight in front of the rapidly expanding English fanbase.

“Yeah, this is the first time I’ve fought out there, but I’ve been out there plenty of times with my daughter, so I kind of know the area,” according to Trigg.

His opponent in the fight is Welsh middleweight John “The White Mike Tyson” Phillips. Phillips is currently on a five fight win streak including a knockout  victory over James Zikic at BAMMA 4 last September.

“Other than the fights on YouTube, I don’t know much about him. I’ve never met him or anything. I know he has a lot of power” , Trigg said.

With all 13 of his wins coming by way of strikes, the nickname may be appropriate, but Trigg isn’t scared to stand and bang with the knockout artist.

“His nickname is ‘The White Mike Tyson,’ but I’ve been training with guys who havepower, too.”

A member of Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym, Trigg has the benefit of training with some of the very best the sport has to offer.  “Martin Kampmann has been training with me as a lefty, and he hits really hard. Obviously Vitor Belfort…” Trigg explained.

“More than the average number, for sure. We actually have a bunch of guys at Xtreme Couture who are left handed. It’s about one out of every seven people that is truly left-handed, so to have as many guys to train with that are left-handed as we do has been great.”

A fight that has fireworks in the making is one you don’t want to miss.

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Instructors from Xtreme Couture teamed up at the North American Grapplng Association (NAGA) in Las Vegas on March 4th to demonstrate grappling techniques to the crowd.  NAGA holds events all over the United States and is one of the largest grappling tournaments in the world.  Pictured below are (far left)-John Hahn, Jimmy Jones, Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis and students.  Pictured (far right)-Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis, John Hahn and Jimmy Jones with student participant.

   

For the third main event of the year , the UFC the judges have rendered yet another controversial outcome.  A “unanimous” decision win for Sanchez.

Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez last night was a war plan and simple.  Kampmann destroyed Diego’s face which closely resembled Dr. Hannibal Lecters left overs, but still did not impress the judges with his precision striking, takedown defense throughout the fight.

The fight did earn a $60,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for both fighters.

Kampmann who thought his hand was broke during the fight said this morning  on his twitter “Good news, so my hand is still pretty swollen but doc says it wasn’t broken.”

Below are comments pulled from twitter from our Pro Team here at Xtreme Couture MMA on how they saw the fight.

“Judges scored activity over accomplishment in the kampman fight ! 1st and 3rd to kampman ! Classy performance win or loose . Nice work MK !”
– Randy Couture

 “Brother u me n the whole world had u winning that fight!!”
– Ray Sefo