Martin Kampmann and his clutch heroics were on display again this past Friday as he authored a second consecutive you've-gotta-be-kidding-me triumph by knocking out surging contender Jake Ellenberger at TUF Live Finale.
It's time to let the healing process begin.
"It would be nice to get in a couple fights where I'm not getting beat up first." Kampmann joked on MMAjunkie.com Radio.
"The first knockdown at the beginning of the fight was more of a flash knockdown," he said. "It didn't really hurt that much. I think he caught me with some better shots in the second round that rocked me more, but didn't knock me down."
"I want to fight for the title. That's what I want. I want to fight Carlos Condit, or I want to fight GSP. That's who I want to fight. And I think I earned the spot. But if I have to fight Johny to get there, then I guess that's what I'll have to do. The title is what I want to fight for."
He's also decided to go ahead and have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee that has been hampering him.
"I wanted to get it done a couple of fights ago, but I kept getting good fight offers," Kampmann said. "I kept fighting.
"I only feel it when I bend it. When I bend my knee sometimes, it will click. It's just a minor bug. It's nothing. I could still fight with it, but it's something that, more than anything, it bugs me in training. It doesn't bug me when I'm fighting."
"When I started fighting, I was a quick starter. I used to be in people's faces right away, but now lately, I'm kind of a slow starter.
"I've got to taste my blood a little bit to get fired up. I don't know where that change came, but I want to get back to my old ways."