UFC on FX 2: Martin Kampmann submits Thiago Alves in Round 3Posted on March 2, 2012, 10:40 PM by Anton Gurevich
The fight opened with Thiago Alves constantly pressuring Kampmann with strikes, looking to get "The Pitbull" out, just like he promised in the build-up. Kampmann was looking to close the striking distance from Alves for a clinch-knees combination at the fence. As the fight continued, Alves' gameplan showed its results on Martin Kampmann's face, who was bleeding from his nose and the cut under the right eye.
However, the things were about to change in Round 3.
Kampmann was badly hurt after a perfect striking combination from Thiago Alves, when instead of going "for the kill" the Brazilian decided to execute a double-leg takedown. Kampmann quickly caught Alves' neck, and rolled over for a super-tight Guilloitine from the mount. The Pitbull desperately tried to find a way out of the choke, but then finally tapped out at 4:12 minute mark of Round 3.
The Dane’s finish was without a doubt one of the most dramatic moments in UFC history. Alves was close to getting the finish, and paid the price of trying to overplay his opponent, and perhaps his luck.
Martin Kampmann improves his MMA record to 19-5, currently enjoying a three fight winning streak. Jake Ellenberger could be next in line for the Dane, who gets closer and closer to getting himself back in the mix for a shot at the UFC Welterweight title.