In a recent interview on Sherdog Radio Network's "Savage Dog Show," UFC welterweight Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann admitted that referee Steve Mazzagatti may have stopped his recent bout with Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger a bit prematurely.
Regardless, "Hitman" doesn't feel it made much of a difference in the outcome of the fight officially recorded as a knockout.
"At first I thought maybe it was a little bit early because I don't like early stoppages at all. I like letting them go as much as possible," said the Danish fighter, "I thought it looked a little early, but when I saw the replay, it didn't look like [Ellenberger] was doing much defense. He was just kind of curling up on his side. I don't think it would have been much different if [Mazzagatti] gave him a couple of extra seconds. I had plenty of elbows left."
Considering Kampmann was floored by a left hook from Ellenberger in the first round, could Kampmann's honesty be the result of Mazzagatti's own good judgment to let the fight continue in the opening stanza?
Perhaps, but "Hitman" made evident to fans his disdain for early stoppages.
"I would have been pissed if [Mazzagatti] had tried to stop the fight on my first knockdown. That was just a flash knockdown. I was still going. I was still moving as soon as I landed on my ass. I wasn't out. I think he did a good job letting it go there."
After being badly hurt in the first, the Danish welterweight came on strong in the second round, landing three straight knees to the face of Ellenberger. As the "Juggernaut" tumbled to the floor, referee Mazzagatti gave Ellenberger little time to recover.
While Mazzagatti was concerned with the safety of Ellenberger, Kampmann shared he would have gladly continued pounding away in order to leave zero doubt in the mind of his detractors.
"I would have happily let the fight go on for a little bit longer because [Ellenberger] was just turned up on his side and he wasn't really doing any defense at all. I don't like when people try to take away from my victory."
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