Chris Camozzi has put together a nice, four fight win streak, and although the middleweight hasn’t exactly been dominating headlines lately, if he takes out “Jacare” Souza at UFC on FX 8 that could change.
Camozzi was scheduled to fight Rafael Natal at the upcoming May 18th card, but after Souza’s original opponent Costas Philippou was pulled from the event due to a cut, the Colorado vet was matched up with “Jacare.” As a result, Camozzi has been given not only an opportunity to spoil the UFC debut of Souza, but to score a pivotal win over the former Strikeforce champ.
Of course, defeating the renowned jiu-jitsu star at anytime would be huge, but since Camozzi has been steadily moving his way up the middleweight ranks, he knows just how big a win over Souza could be. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio, Camozzi stated:
“I think with a win it definitely puts me in the top 10,” Camozzi said. “There are other guys ranked in the top 10 that never beat a top-10 opponent, so I think by me beating one, I should get to replace one of those guys.”
Considering how “Jacare” has looked in most of his MMA bouts to date, it’s hard to argue that a win over the Brazilian shouldn’t propel Camozzi into the top ten. Whether he can get that win, however, is another matter.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy for more on the upcoming UFC on FX 8 card, which will be take place in Jaragua do Sul.
Article by Kelsey Mowatt