|Born||Christopher Allen Camozzi
November 20, 1986
Alameda, California, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75.5 in (192 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lakewood, Colorado|
|Team||Factory X Muay Thai/MMA|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Christopher Allen Camozzi (born November 20, 1986 in Alameda, California) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Camozzi mostly fought in local promotions, as well as the Maximum Fighting Championship, appearing on HDNet Fights on more than one occasion. Camozzi was also a competitor in Spike TV's eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Camozzi is from Alameda, California and played on the wrestling and rugby teams in high school. He then continued his rugby career at Fort Lewis College but soon dropped out and headed back home to train in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A coach of his, who had fought in some of the earlier UFC events asked Camozzi if he was interested in fighting. Camozzi soon began his career in mixed martial arts.
As an athlete, Camozzi exercises frequently. HIs workouts include strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and technique training. He relies on formidable striking having eliminated opponents with strikes to earn a technical knock out 4 times in his career . He practices takedowns, which result in the opponent being taken off his feet and landing on the canvas. Camozzi regularly practices Brazilian jiu jitsu. However, he is a brown belt, and has faced several black belts, which led to him losing by submission. His most recent submission loss was to Ronaldo, "Jacare" Souza, an accomplished athlete in his own right.
The Ultimate Fighter
Camozzi then signed to take part in the eleventh season of the Ultimate Fighter. Camozzi's preliminary fight to get into the house was against Victor O'Donnell. After three hard-fought rounds between the two of them, Camozzi was declared the winner. However, the damage to both competitors was noticeable, with O'Donnell walking away with a severely fractured orbital bone and Camozzi entering the house with a broken jaw.
This damage to Camozzi proved to be the end of his run on the show, as during the third episode of the season, Dana White informed Camozzi that he had to withdraw from the competition due to his injury. Seth Baczynski stepped in as Camozzi's replacement.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Though Camozzi was removed from the show, he fought at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale against James Hammortree. Camozzi won a unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).
Camozzi's next fight was at UFC 121 against UFC newcomer Dongi Yang. Yang began the fight with a successful takedown, followed by ground-and-pound. After standing up, Camozzi was able to keep Yang at bay with kicks, before engaging in the clinch. However, Yang's thick neck and shoulders prevented effective attacks. Later, Camozzi was able to effectively time the advance of Yang. In the third, Yang began to tire and swing wildly, to no avail. Camozzi was declared the winner via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).
Following his release from the UFC, Camozzi faced Joey Villaseñor at Shark Fights 15. The fight was initially ruled a draw, but was subsequently overturned and counted as a split decision win for Camozzi by the New Mexico Athletic Commission when it was revealed one of the judges scores was added incorrectly.
Return to the UFC
It was announced on Monday, 12 September that Camozzi had re-signed with the UFC. He faced UFC newcomer Francis Carmont on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. After a back and forth fight, Camozzi lost via unanimous decision.
Camozzi faced Nick Catone on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. In the third round, Camozzi struck Catone with a knee to the head opening a giant cut, causing the doctor to step in and force a TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:51 of round 3.
Camozzi was expected to face Cezar Ferreira on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8, replacing an injured C.B. Dollaway. However on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal. Then in early May, Camozzi was pulled from the matchup with Natal in favor of a matchup with Ronaldo Souza after Souza's scheduled opponent Constantinos Philippou pulled out of the bout with an injury. He lost the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||19 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||19–7||Lorenz Larkin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 3||November 6, 2013||3||5:00||Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||19–6||Ronaldo Souza||Technical Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||1||3:37||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||19–5||Nick Ring||Decision (split)||UFC 158||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||18–5||Luiz Cané||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||17–5||Nick Catone||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||June 22, 2012||3||1:51||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–5||Dustin Jacoby||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||January 28, 2012||3||1:08||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Francis Carmont||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 137||October 29, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4||Joey Villaseñor||Decision (split)||Shark Fights 15||May 27, 2011||3||5:00||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Originally ruled a draw, later overturned to split decision win.|
|Loss||14–4||Kyle Noke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 127||February 27, 2011||1||1:35||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||14–3||Yang Dongi||Decision (split)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||13–3||James Hammortree||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale||June 19, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–3||Chad Reiner||Submission (anaconda choke)||King of Champions: Rage||November 14, 2009||2||4:55||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||11–3||Darin Brudigan||Submission (triangle choke)||VFC 27: Mayhem||May 1, 2009||1||4:34||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Jesse Taylor||Decision (unanimous)||King of Champions: Shockwave 2009||March 28, 2009||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||For the Middleweight title|
|Win||10–2||Victor Moreno||Submission (guillotine choke)||MTXAFN 2: Evolution||January 9, 2009||2||0:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–2||Elliot Duff||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 18||September 26, 2008||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||8–2||Nick Rossborough||Submission (triangle choke)||Premier Championship Fighting 3||June 21, 2008||3||2:46||Longmont, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–1||Dwayne Lewis||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 16||May 9, 2008||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||7–1||Jesse Forbes||Submission (armbar)||MFC 15||February 22, 2008||3||1:45||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Donnie Liles||TKO (punches)||Elite Fighting Extreme 1||November 10, 2007||1||4:58||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tony Barker||TKO (punches)||RMBB & PCF 1: HellRazor||October 16, 2007||2||2:22||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||5–0||Aaron Truxell||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tap or Snap||August 18, 2007||1||1:45||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Spencer Hooker||Decision (split)||Kickdown Classic 37||May 12, 2007||3||5:00||Loveland, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||Joe Serna||Submission (injury)||RMBB: Nuclear Assault||March 17, 2007||2||0:50||Sheridan, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Gary Borum||TKO (punches)||Kickdown Classic 35||March 2, 2007||1||3:19||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Damon Clark||TKO (punches)||KC 27: Confrontation||July 15, 2006||1||3:03||Denver, Colorado, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1–0||Victor O'Donnell||Decision (Unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Elimination bout|
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