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Crafton Wallace vs. Martin Kampmann

Aug 15, 2006
WALLACE: 6’, 185 pounds, 34, Baltimore, Maryland, known as “Blaze”

BACKGROUND: Wallace is a member of the Infernal Muay Thai gym and began training in Muay Thai in 1999. He won the ISKA cruiserweight Muay Thai title in 2003 as an amateur and won the ISKA middleweight Muay Thai tournament championship in 2003 as a pro.

He went into the army after high school and Wallace is currently a member of the Miami Force team in the World Combat League (kickboxing with strikes above the waist only) promoted by Chuck Norris. Wallace has a professional MMA record of 9-1 with two additional wins as an amateur.

MMA CAREER: Wallace beat undefeated Kenneth Clements in his pro debut in 2003. He was submitted by RINGS veteran Tom Sauer (Pictures) in World Extreme Fighting two months later. Crafton fought to a draw with ATT fighter Ben Saunders and has intentions of meeting him again.

Earlier this year he got some big exposure fighting on the Frank Shamrock (Pictures)-Cesar Gracie (Pictures) Strikeforce card, where he knocked out Ray Routh (Pictures). In recent action he fought three times in April (twice in the same week) stopping two opponents with strikes and submitting the third.

UFC EXPERIENCE: Debut.

WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE BOUT: Loves the knees and elbows. He’ll even throw elbows from the ground in guard and land them with authority.

KAMPMANN: 6’, 185 pounds, 24, Las Vegas, Nevada, known as “The Hitman”

BACKGROUND: Martin Kampmann (Pictures) is an engineering student from Aarhus, Denmark and trains out of the Kung Fu Toa academy and the KFT Shootfighting team.

He began competing in boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing before taking up submission wrestling. Martin began fighting MMA five years ago and is 12-2 as a pro in MMA, with an 8-1 record as an amateur.

He is 2001 Danish Thaiboxing champion. Kampmann placed first in the 2004 Fight Back submission-wrestling tournament and won the 77-kg super-fight at the Battle of the Vikings. He is the current Cage Warriors middleweight champion.

MMA CAREER: Kampmann dropped his pro debut in a decision but he would his next seven bouts, taking out European Vale Tudo fighters Kenneth Rosfort, Anders Erikkson and Xaivier Foupa-Pokam among others.

He took part in the 2004 M-1 Grand Prix and faced UFC veteran Andrei Semenov (Pictures). Kampmann was cut and the bout had to be stopped, giving Semenov the victory; the Russian went on to win the eight-man tournament. Martin would return to fighting five months later and has been undefeated over the last year and a half.

He scored wins over Matt Ewin (Pictures) (twice), Damien Riccio (Pictures) and Brendan Seguin (Pictures) in the KOTC show in Sheffield, England in ’05. His most recent victory was as a late replacement for Jose Land-Jons in the WFA in July. There he stopped Edwin Aguilar (Pictures) with strikes in the first round.

UFC EXPERIENCE: Debut.

WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE BOUT: Kampmann is a big striker but he has plenty of wins by submission. With so many titles and fights under his belt he’s unlikely to be phased by the bright lights of the UFC and should fight true to form.

MY PICK: Kampmann. Martin has more overall experience, even though he’s a decade younger. He’s also trained predominantly overseas and fought in Russia. Their fighting styles are similar and their height is even, so it should be a fairly even bout in the early going. But when it goes to the mat Kampmann appears to have a deeper game.
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