It has been over seven months since we last saw Martin Kampmann inside the UFC octagon. After working his way into the upper echelon of the crowded welterweight division, Kampmann has his three-fight winning streak snapped by Johny Hendricks at UFC 154. He would follow up with another knockout loss, this time to former interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit back in August.
The Danish welterweight, who has gone 11-6 in his UFC career dating back to 2007, is not currently recovering from any notable injuries, yet has made it clear that he is not looking to fight anytime in the near future.
When asked if he would like to retire from professional competition, Kampmann admit that fighters "never really want to retire," particularly when they consider their job enjoyable and see it as a hobby.
"You know, as a fighter you never really want to retire," Kampmann told MMAFighting.com. "I've always enjoyed fighting. It was a hobby of mine that I was able to make into my living. So I feel very fortunate that I've been able to do that. "
While that may be the case, Kampmann is preparing himself for a possible transition away from fighting, and is looking at other avenues to potentially benefit his family. He has begun coaching, both in the U.S and his native Denmark, which he considers a way to help develop and fuel the future talent in the sport.
"But, I just knew that I wanted some time off and at the same time I didn't want to waste it, so I'm pursuing other possibilities that can benefit me and my family for the future. I've been coaching. I like to give back to the guys who have the hunger, and the dreams to go out and try to make something of themselves in the sport. Because I started out like that."
Many MMA fighters have announced retirement only to come back somewhere down the line. Kampmann does not want to be one of those fighters, and has therefore chosen to stay away from the term "retirement" entirely. Instead, he prefers to say that he is "taking a break."
"You never know," he says. "I don't want to say I'm retired and then six months later come back. I'd rather say I'm taking a break, and if I feel like taking a fight in a couple of months, I'll call up Joe Silva and I'm sure he'll have a fight for me."