Kampmann feels he can efficiently stop Story’s takedown attempts and punish him on the feet, putting his precision and technical striking to good use as he clearly states during the course of our conversation. “His wrestling is definitely the strongest part of his game but I’m prepared for that. I’m not going to let him take me down. If he does get me to the ground, I will pop right back up and punish him. Nobody is ever going to hold me down.
After seeing how Story handled the Thiago Alves (23-7-0) fight, The Hitman believes the wrestler from South Oregon University will try to employ the same strategy against him. “I think he is going to use the same strategy against me as he did on Alves. I just gotta keep my back away from the cage. He put the pressure on against Thiago and pinned him to the cage. I can’t let him push me against the fence like that,” Martin said in response to being asked about his opposition’s gameplan
Furthermore, the Xtreme Couture based fighter sees a weakness in his opponent’s ability to fight from his back, which he feels was brought to light in his last performance against Charlie Brenneman (14-3-0). The problem is…it is quite difficult to get him there. “I think he showed some weaknesses off his back, so if I can get him down I can do damage and hopefully finish him but he’s got great takedown defense and it is even tougher to put him on his back,” the Danish kickboxer said. “When watching his fights, I wouldn’t just look at his mistakes and weaknesses. I also looked for his best performances and that’s what I prepare for. I am preparing for the best Rick Story, which is really what I do for every opponent,” he added.
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