Chris Camozzi

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Chris Camozzi
Born Christopher Allen Camozzi
(1986-11-20) November 20, 1986 (age 27)
Alameda, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Fighting out of Lakewood, Colorado
Team Factory X Muay Thai/MMA
Rank brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [1]
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 19
By knockout 5
By submission 6
By decision 8
Losses 8
By submission 4
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Christopher Allen Camozzi (born November 20, 1986) 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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background[edit]

Camozzi is from Alameda, California and competed on 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.

Early career[edit]

Camozzi fought former Ultimate Fighter competitor Jesse Taylor for the King of Champions Middleweight title.[3] After three rounds, the judges declared Taylor the winner, giving him the title.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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[edit]

Though Camozzi was removed from the show, he fought at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale against James Hammortree.[4] Camozzi won a unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).

Camozzi's next fight was at UFC 121 against UFC newcomer Dongi Yang.[5] 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).

Camozzi faced off against Kyle Noke on February 27, 2011 at UFC 127.[6] He lost the fight via rear naked choke in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[7]

Shark Fights[edit]

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.[8]

Return to the UFC[edit]

It was announced on Monday, 12 September that Camozzi had re-signed with the UFC.[9] He faced UFC newcomer Francis Carmont on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. After a back and forth fight, Camozzi lost via unanimous decision.

In his next fight, Camozzi defeated Dustin Jacoby via third round guillotine choke on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.[10]

Camozzi faced Nick Catone on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[11] 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 Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[12] However, Camozzi was injured and pulled out of the bout.[13]

Camozzi fought Luiz Cané on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Camozzi next faced Nick Ring on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[15] He won the fight via split decision.

Camozzi was expected to face Cezar Ferreira on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8, replacing an injured C.B. Dollaway.[16] However on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal.[17] 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.[18] He lost the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round.

Camozzi next faced Lorenz Larkin on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Camozzi was expected to face Andrew Craig on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[20] However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins as Craig was ruled out with an illness.[21]

Camozzi faced Bruno Santos on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175.[22] He lost the fight by split decision.

A rescheduled bout with Rafael Natal is expected to take place on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[23]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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Loss 19–8 Bruno Santos Decision (split) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Victor O'Donnell Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Elimination bout

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC Fight Night's Chris Camozzi: When Opportunity Comes Knocking". The MMA Corner. November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast unveiled with 28 middleweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.aroundtheoctagon.com/?p=1471
  4. ^ "TUF 11 Finale prelims include Tavares vs. Baczynski, Camozzi vs Hammortree". MMAJunkie.com. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Dongi Yang vs. Chris Camozzi added to UFC 121". cagepotato.com. July 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kyle Noke Heads Home To Australia To Face Chris Camozzi At UFC 127". MMAWeekly.com. 29 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "UFC cuts middleweight Chris Camozzi after recent loss". mmajunkie.com. March 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chris Camozzi now victorious after New Mexico Athletic Commission overturns draw". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Camozzi Rejoins UFC, Faces GSP Teammate Carmont on Oct. 29". Shedog. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dustin Jacoby vs. Chris Camozzi added to UFC on FOX 2". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  11. ^ Myers, Thomas (March 20, 2012). "UFC on FX 4: Nick Catone vs Chris Camozzi bout in the works for N.J. fight card". MMAMania.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Martin, Damon (July 8, 2012). "Chris Camozzi vs. Buddy Roberts On Tap for UFC 150 in Denver". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Martin, Damon (July 25, 2012). "Rousimar Palhares Out; Buddy Roberts In Against Yushin Okami at UFC 150". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Luiz Cane meets middleweight Chris Camozzi at UFC 153 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring joins UFC 158 lineup". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. April 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal slated for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  18. ^ Ariel Helwani (May 3, 2013). "Injury forces Costa Philippou out of 'Jacare' Souza fight at UFC on FX 8". mmafighting.com. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ John Petit (August 23, 2013). "Chris Camozzi Meets Lorenz Larkin In Kentucky". fighters.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ Alex Schlinsky. "UFC Fight Night 39: Abu Dhabi adds ten fights". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  21. ^ John Morgan (2014-04-10). "Illness scraps Andrew Craig vs. Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 39". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  22. ^ Jason Floyd (2014-05-16). "Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos scheduled for UFC 175". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  23. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-07-11). "Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal set for UFC Fight Night 50". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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