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.

Contents

1 Mixed martial arts career

1.1 Background,

1.2 Early career,

1.3 The Ultimate Fighter,

1.4 Ultimate Fighting Championship,

1.5 Shark Fights,

1.6 Return to the UFC,

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2 Mixed martial arts record

2.1 Mixed martial arts exhibition record,

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3 See also,

4 References,

5 External links,

Mixed martial arts career:

Background:

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.

Early career:

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

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).

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

Shark Fights:

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.

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

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 Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. However, Camozzi was injured and pulled out of the bout.

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

Camozzi next faced Nick Ring on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. 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. 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.

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

Mixed martial arts record:

Professional record breakdown

26 matches

19 wins

7 losses

By knockout

5

0

By submission

6

4

By decision

8

3

Res.

Record

Opponent

Method

Event

Date

Round

Time

Location

Notes

Loss

19-7

Lorenz Larkin

Decision (unanimous)

UFC: Fight for the Troops 3

02013-11-06November 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

02013-05-18May 18, 2013

1

3:37

Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil

Win

19-5

Nick Ring

Decision (split)

UFC 158

02013-03-16March 16, 2013

3

5:00

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Win

18-5

Luiz Cané

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 153

02012-10-13October 13, 2012

3

5:00

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Win

17-5

Nick Catone

TKO (doctor stoppage)

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida

02012-06-22June 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

02012-01-28January 28, 2012

3

1:08

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Loss

15-5

Francis Carmont

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 137

02011-10-29October 29, 2011

3

5:00

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

15-4

Joey Villaseñor

Decision (split)

Shark Fights 15

02011-05-27May 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

02011-02-27February 27, 2011

1

1:35

Sydney, Australia

Win

14-3

Yang Dongi

Decision (split)

UFC 121

02010-10-23October 23, 2010

3

5:00

Anaheim, California, United States

Win

13-3

James Hammortree

Decision (unanimous)

The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale

02010-06-19June 19, 2010

3

5:00

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

12-3

Chad Reiner

Submission (anaconda choke)

King of Champions: Rage

02009-11-14November 14, 2009

2

4:55

Denver, Colorado, United States

Win

11-3

Darin Brudigan

Submission (triangle choke)

VFC 27: Mayhem

02009-05-01May 1, 2009

1

4:34

Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States

Loss

10-3

Jesse Taylor

Decision (unanimous)

King of Champions: Shockwave 2009

02009-03-28March 28, 2009

3

5:00

Denver, Colorado, United States

For the Middleweight title

Win

10-2

Victor Moreno

Submission (guillotine choke)

MTXAFN 2: Evolution

02009-01-09January 9, 2009

2

0:31

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

9-2

Elliot Duff

Decision (unanimous)

MFC 18

02008-09-26September 26, 2008

3

5:00

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Loss

8-2

Nick Rossborough

Submission (triangle choke)

Premier Championship Fighting 3

02008-06-21June 21, 2008

3

2:46

Longmont, Colorado, United States

Win

8-1

Dwayne Lewis

Decision (unanimous)

MFC 16

02008-05-09May 9, 2008

3

5:00

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Loss

7-1

Jesse Forbes

Submission (armbar)

MFC 15

02008-02-22February 22, 2008

3

1:45

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Win

7-0

Donnie Liles

TKO (punches)

Elite Fighting Extreme 1

02007-11-10November 10, 2007

1

4:58

Denver, Colorado, United States

Win

6-0

Tony Barker

TKO (punches)

RMBB & PCF 1: HellRazor

02007-10-16October 16, 2007

2

2:22

Denver, Colorado, United States

Win

5-0

Aaron Truxell

Submission (rear-naked choke)

Tap or Snap

02007-08-18August 18, 2007

1

1:45

Castle Rock, Colorado, United States

Win

4-0

Spencer Hooker

Decision (split)

Kickdown Classic 37

02007-05-12May 12, 2007

3

5:00

Loveland, Colorado, United States

Win

3-0

Joe Serna

Submission (injury)

RMBB: Nuclear Assault

02007-03-17March 17, 2007

2

0:50

Sheridan, Colorado, United States

Win

2-0

Gary Borum

TKO (punches)

Kickdown Classic 35

02007-03-02March 2, 2007

1

3:19

Denver, Colorado, United States

Win

1-0

Damon Clark

TKO (punches)

KC 27: Confrontation

02006-07-15July 15, 2006

1

3:03

Denver, Colorado, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record:

Professional record breakdown

1 match

1 win

0 losses

By knockout

0

0

By submission

0

0

By decision

1

0

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

Las Vegas, Nevada

Elimination bout