Exactly. Kamp is also a much, much better striker than Kos AND he's going to have the reach advantage in this fight. His striking is more diverse than anyone Paulo has faced and this is, IMO, a huge test of where he is as a fighter.Kampmann has had a couple tough fights but lets not forget before Daley mopped the floor with him many people considered the winner of his fight with Condit as being at the top of the WW pile and if he had beaten Daley he most likely would have fought for the title. Kampmann is a tough dude and people are buying to much into Thiago to soon cause he is still riding the Koscheck hype. remember that that Koscheck was winning that fight and got clipped.
Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean officiates the fight. No touch of the gloves for these welterweights. Kampmann with a jab. Thiago stalks in. They paw at each other trying to find range. Kampmann with a nice straight right counter to Thiago's kick. Kampmann again counters with right hand as Thiago advances. Kampmann with a jab. Kampmann with a leg kick. And again, Kampmann nails Thiago off a kick. Action sparse in this fight. Thiago lands his first shot of the night in an exchange with Kampmann. Kampmann with a jab and a folio up right. Thiago catches a leg and Kampmann struggles away. Thiago misses with a punch and dual high kicks. Kampmann catches Thiago with another right hand and Thiago again shoots for a leg. Kampmann's leg gets swept out from under him against the cage and hints at a guillotine from half guard. Instead. he uses the position to reverse, but Thiago quickly gets him to the mat again. Kampmann gets up quickly though and works for a choke. Thiago scrambles to get out of it and nearly gets caught in another guillotine as the round closes. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 for Kampmann.
Round 2 - Kampmann paws in with a jab, then he fires a leg kick. Both men seem hesitant. Thiago nearly lands an uppercut in an exchange but catches a glancing punch. Thiago goes big with a right hand, but Kampman charges in with a bodylock. Thiago breaks off and swings for the fences. None of them connect cleanly. Thiago shoots for a takedown and Kampmann expertly keeps posture and takes Thiago's back in an ensuing scramble. He can't, however, gets his hooks in, so he settles for half-guard and hints at an arm triangle as Thiago rolls to his hands and knees. Thiago traps Kampmann's left arm and the action once again stalls. Audience getting restless. Kampmann is clearly concerned about the kimura. He should be because Thiago uses it to roll him over and take half-guard. Thiago lands a few punches but can't keep Kampmann there. Kampmann springs up and catches his head as the two spill to the mat at the close of the round. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 Kampmann.
Round 3 - Final frame underway in a somewhat lackluster fight. Both men seem hesitant to let it all go. The two trade hooks and lock up, but it's Kampmann who once again gets top position when the fight goes to the mat. Kampmann postures up, then stands over Thiago looking for a big punch. Instead, he gets caught in Thiago's legs. The next time he stands, though, he gets to the Brazilian's side and looks for an arm triangle. Thiago defends and Kampmann resorts to looking for a rear naked choke. Thiago drives forward but Kampmann sprawls and stuffs a single-leg attempt. Kampmann pops off a knee as Thiago rights himself and gets another headlock as he gets back on top. Thiago finally escapes the tactical stalemate of a position and fires off a big right hook. It isn't long, though, before Kampmann has him back on the mat. Kampmann again threatens an arm triangle and tries to transition to back mount when resistance arrives. Thiago's defending the submission attempts well, though, and Kampmann runs out of time. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Martin Kampmann. Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).