Martin Kampmann, the Danish MMA standout who fought 17 times in the UFC, has officially retired from MMA.

“I’ve known for a while,” the 33 year old told Thomas Gerbasi of “I just haven’t really made it official. I’m not sure why.”

Kampmann enjoyed a 20-7 record in professional MMA competition from 2003 to 2013, highlighted by wins over Carlos Condit and Thales Leites. His 2011 brawl with Diego Sanchez, which ended in a controversial decision loss, was one of that year’s most memorable bouts.

After a strong start in Europe’s regional MMA scene, Kampmann was based in Las Vegas for much of his career, where he fought several bouts under the Exteme Couture banner.

More recently, “The Hitman” (as he was known) enjoyed a short stint coaching one of the sport’s most successful teams: Team Alpha Male in California.

But he decided to go home to Denmark where he intends to raise a growing family.  So, he’s leaving the cages behind… mostly.

“I’m sure I’ll still be involved in MMA,” Kampmann said. “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.”

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