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IronMan 09-24-2009 06:03 PM

Shock the World: Semtex Beats Down Kampmann
Here are some thoughts on Paul "Semtex" Daley and his recent UFC victory. I can say (as an insider in a few rankings circles) that there are a lot of people who are putting him in the top ten after the win over Kampmann.


Originally Posted by IronMan @ MMAOpinion
Paul "Semtex" Daley stopped contender Martin Kampmann in the first round.

There’s a long history of great upsets in MMA, and while this is hardly St. Pierre vs. Serra I, Paul Daley (22-8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) upsetting Danish warrior Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann (15-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC, #7 IWMMAR) was definitely unexpected.

The popular dictum, and having gone back and forth with some great minds on the sport, I can say it was pretty consistent, was that Daley could challenge Kampmann standing up. But they were pretty even on the feet and Kampmann, who’s ground game has been pretty solid throughout his UFC career, could definitely dominate the Brit on the mat. No one seemed to expect the fight to stay standing very long. And it seemed like the gameplan, given the coaching from Kampmann’s corner.

There were many, myself included, who thought the stoppage was bad. Upon revisiting the footage, I’d like to retract that, and the subsequent shots at Yves Lavigne. The only thing supporting Kampmann was the cage and, in that respect, it was a good call on the part of the referee, especially observing Kampmann’s slugishness in recovering afterwards.

But that controversy is minor. What’s shocking is that Kampmann, who many considered a legitimate frontrunner to take on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC, #1 IWMMAR), was taken out by a relatively one dimensional British muay thai fighter with little name recognition, no UFC experience and a notably disappointing groundgame, especially with the acknowledgment that Daley took the fight on short notice.

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HexRei 09-24-2009 06:20 PM

I wasn't at all shocked, Daley was my pick in that fight. I saw his EliteXC and Strikeforce fights as well as many of his Cage Rage fights, and I knew he had better hands than most WW even in the UFC.

Only a lucky punch or a strong grappler is going to stop him, and if he improves his grappling, he could well be a future champ.

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