SAN JOSE, Calif. - Martin Kampmann's been around for a long time so he wasn't going to fold when Rick Story pressed him early. The veteran let Story gas himself and took over in the second half of the fight to pick up a split decision victory, 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29 in fight No. 2 of the UFC 139 pay-per-view at the HP Pavilion.
Story looked dynamite early in the fight. His volume was blowing away Kampmann, who appear to be a little tight in the first three minutes of the fight. Kampmann, who suffered a small cut on his forehead during the early onslaught, has a chin because he absorbed some heavy shots. It may have discouraged Story to see Kampmann standing in front shaking his head that the shots weren't hurting.
Kampmann (18-5, 9-4 UFC) further broke down Story's will with a very effective jab. By the end of the first round, which looked like it was going to be a cakewalk, Story had his own cut over his right eye.
Story's a good wrestler, but he was taken down in each of the final...