Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in the cage for this key welterweight fight. Story moves forward and starts firing. Kampmann there to answer. Story is all over Kampmann early, digging to the body and blasting away up top. Kampmann kicks high, and his face is reddened already. Story whiffs on a punch and is also bleeding. Quick opening minute. Pace settles, and Kampmann lands a nice right hand. Story with a nice shot to the body and punch up top. Kampmann now bleeding on the eyebrow. Story slowing the aggression a bit but still firing heavy punches halfway in. Kampmann mixing in kicks while Story works the body. Story with a left hand. Kampmann bleeding from the forehead, as well. Blood picking up from both fighters, and Kampmann pops a jab. Great striking exchanges thus far. Final minute. They clinch up but quickly break and swing wildly again. Nice shots to the body from Story. Good work from both fighters, but MMAjunkie.com leans toward Story, 10-9.
Round 2 - Both fighters cleaned up to open. Kampmann starts with a high kick. Story trying to loop hooks around the ear. Kampmann looking for the jab. Story with a solid counter right. Kampmann up the pipe. Kampmann starting to wing the right. Story there to answer with counter hooks. Kampmann has another kick blocked but fires a straight in right after. Story looks to be slowing a bit, but he's still firing heavy shots, including a right that catches Kampmann's attention. Left for Story answered with a right from Kampmann. Story takes a few deep breaths, and his right eye is pretty beat up, but he throws to the gut. Kampmann wraps the body with two minutes left and scores a trip. Half-mount for Kampmann. Kampmann sets up the arm triangle, but Story feels it and pulls free. Blood really pumping out of Story's head. Kampmann working hard to set up that choke, but it's not coming. Kampmann tries to free his legs, and hear come the ridiculous boos again. Story hangs on until the bell, but Kampmann takes the round, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - Story pushes forward quickly and works Kampmann into the fence. Kampmann pulls free, but Story does sneak in three punches. Kampmann spins off the cage and pushes around Story's body, looking for the takedown. Kampmann gets it to the floor for a moment, but Story pops right back up. Kampmann is bodylocked on the back, but Story peels free. Story starts brawling, but he's lost a bit of zip. He shoots in and gets Kampmann to his butt. Not for long. Two minutes in, and Kampmann grabs a collar ties and knees to the body. But of a stalemate in the clinch, but Kampmann trying to work to the back. Story pushes in, and Kampmann suplexes him to the floor. Story stands right back up. Kampmann continues to push in on the cage. Trip from Kampamnn. Story with a takedown, but Kampmann back up. Final minute. Kampmann gets the back and looks for a rear-naked choke. He's going to run out of time, but it's a great finish for Kampmann in a tough fight. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Kampmann, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28. Martin Kampmann def. Rick Story via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).