Martin Kampmann: Life after the UFC

Ever wondered what someone does when they retire from the UFC?

In a recent interview with NewJerseyCasinos.com, Martin Kampmann explained how he’s now the Head Coach at Team Alpha Male and somewhat of a poker star in the making.

Despite making a living with his fists for almost a decade, the Danish MMA star is now using his mind to outsmart his opponents and win some serious cash at the poker table.

I got into poker around 2004 after watching my buddy play Seven Card Stud online. Soon after that Texas Hold’em became the big thing and I started play online alongside my friends.
I continued to play online until Black Friday put a damper on everything and forced me to look to the live arena. Living in Las Vegas gave me the opportunity to play live once in a while but training was always my number one priority. However, when I did find time to play I used to dabble in some cash games as well as tournaments.
I actually played a charity tournament that Randy Couture held at the Hard Rock Casino which was fun. There were a few pro players in it, but I was fortunate enough to win which gave me a confidence boost. Strangely, my brother actually won the same tournament the following year won while he was over here visiting me. Apart from these few occasions, I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked because focus was fighting.
Eventually, when online casino and poker games became legal in the US, in States such as New Jersey and Nevada, I talked with Jason Somerville about helping out with the promotion of Ultimate Poker. Ultimate Poker was connected to the UFC so I thought I was a good fit, and I guess they thought the same.

Here at Tsunami Gym we also know the a certain Mr. Luke Barnatt and Mr. John Maguire are partial to a few hands of poker, so who knows, we could see the three fighters squaring off against each other across the table in the future.

For the full interview, check out NewJerseyCasinos.com.