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Martin Kampmann officially retires from MMA

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Martin Kampmann has officially retired from MMA competition.

Kampmann (20-7) is most well known for his 17-fight stint in the UFC, where he posted an 11-6 record from 2006 to 2013, defeating the likes of Carlos Condit, Thiago Alves and Thales Leites while competing in both the middleweight and welterweight divisions.

"I’ve known for a while," the 33-year-old Kampmann said of retirement in the initial report published by "I just haven’t really made it official. I’m not sure why."

A two-time Fight of the Night, two-time Submission of the Night and one-time Knockout of the Night recipient, Kampmann represented an early example of the modern, well-rounded mixed martial artist. The Aarhus, Denmark native strolled into the UFC in 2006 with a lengthy history practicing Karate, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and submission wrestling. This diversity showed in his professional record after turning pro as a mixed martial artist in 2003. In 20 victories, eight came via knockout and seven via submission.

Kampmann also served as the head coach for Sacramento's Team Alpha Male from September 2014 to August 2015 before stepping down and focusing on his family and life after fighting.

"I’m sure I’ll still be involved in MMA," Kampmann said to "It will probably be more from a hobby perspective, whereas before, I was doing full-time fighting and full-time coaching. But I still have gyms that I work with and that I help. I coach, I do seminars, and I work a lot with my affiliate gyms and make sure that they’re getting better in their MMA development. So I’ll be involved in MMA, but now I’m really busy with other things."