The UFC’s new middleweight rankings were released Monday and Chris Camozzi was not included in the top 10. Instead, several former Strikeforce fighters held on to their spots until having the opportunity to prove themselves against future UFC competition.
Camozzi absolutely deserved to be on the list, but was unable to leapfrog any of the 10 ranked middleweights who were idle during Saturday’s event.
With his win Saturday night over Nick Ring, Camozzi has won four consecutive fights in the UFC’s stacked middleweight division. During this streak, Camozzi has beaten both seasoned wrestlers and dynamic strikers, proving he is one of the most well-rounded middleweights in the division.
It is time Camozzi gets rewarded with a big fight against a high-profile fighter. Camozzi was happy with his performance against Ring and feels ready to face tougher competition.
In an interview with ESPN’s Todd Grisham, Camozzi discussed his impressive win over Ring and his future in the middleweight division. “I’m happy to walk away with the win and hopefully move on to another one and put five in a row together,” Camozzi said. “I’d like to break into the top 10.”
Camozzi certainly deserves the top 10 slot.
Unfortunately, for Camozzi, he will have to wait and see what happens in the next two months when six ranked middleweights see action. The middleweight fights begin April 29, when Michael Bisping fights Alan Belcher at UFC 159, then again on May 18, when four top 10 middleweights fight on UFC on FX 8, including Vitor Belfort versus Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza versus Costa Philippou.
When the dust settles after these bouts, MMA fans will certainly see Camozzi’s name in the rankings, assuring his current snubbing is only a temporary flaw in the system.