UFC 158: Chris Camozzi Is A Future Middleweight Title Contender

By Kevin Jaress
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Camozzi has a golden opportunity at UFC 158. Not only does Camozzi have a favorable matchup against fellow middleweight Nick Ring, he will be showcasing his talents on the main card of an event headlined by MMA superstar George St. Pierre.

Camozzi, who has won three fights in a row, recently dominated Luis Cane on the Brazilian’s home turf. A fourth consecutive win at UFC 158 is sure to launch Camozzi up the ladder in the UFC middleweight division.

The former “Ultimate Fighter Season 11” cast member is a Muay Thai specialist who gives strikers fits with his left-handed stance. Likewise, Camozzi’s speed and takedown defense has stymied accomplished wrestlers like Nick Catone, whom he stopped at UFC on FX in New Jersey.

Camozzi feels like he is only scratching the surface of his potential.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani of Fuel TV, Camozzi discussed his room for improvement. “I’m still swinging a little wild,” Camozzi said.  “I’m putting it together real well training, it’s just putting it together in [the cage], you know. I’m fighting those takedowns and working that ground game more and more everyday.”

Camozzi’s next challenge is the rugged Ring, who is widely known for his durability. Against the slower Ring, Camozzi will cruise to an easy unanimous decision victory by way of his superior striking ability.

From being featured on St. Pierre’s card, Camozzi will get significant fan exposure. A victory will certainly place him in prime position for a fight against one of several UFC middleweight superstars.

“You know your first few fights in the big show you always wonder whether you belong here, or are ready for this,” Camozzi said. “Now I feel I’m ready. I’m on a roll and I’m ready to keep winning.”

After a win over Ring, Camozzi will show he belongs in the top 10 rankings of a stacked UFC middleweight division.


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