Christopher Allen "Chris" Camozzi (born November 20, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist formerly competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Camozzi has formerly competed for the MFC, Shark Fights, HDNet Fights, and was also a contestant on Spike TV's 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.
|Born||Christopher Allen Camozzi
November 20, 1986
Alameda, California, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||76.5 in (194 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lakewood, Colorado, United States|
|Team||FactoryX Muay Thai|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBrown belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Camozzi is from Alameda, California and competed in wrestling and rugby in high school. Camozzi 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 Camozzi's, who had fought in some of the earlier UFC events, asked Camozzi if he was interested in mixed martial arts, and Camozzi soon began his career.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Camozzi fought former Ultimate Fighter competitor Jesse Taylor for the King of Champions Middleweight Championship. After three rounds, the judges declared Taylor the winner, giving him the title.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Camozzi 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 ChampionshipEdit
Though Camozzi was removed from the show, he fought at 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 Korean 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).
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 judge's scores was added incorrectly.
Return to the UFCEdit
It was announced on September 12 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.
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 the third round.
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 Costas Philippou pulled out of the bout with an injury. He lost the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke submission in the first round.
After losing four consecutive fights Camozzi was released by the UFC for a second time.
Third UFC StintEdit
On the heels of two wins on the regional circuit, Camozzi replaced an injured Yoel Romero and faced Ronaldo Souza in a rematch on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15. He lost the fight via submission due to an armbar in the first round.
Camozzi next faced Joe Riggs on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83. He won the fight via TKO in the first round due to a series of knees. He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Camozzi was expected to face Magnus Cedenblad on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. However, Cedenblad was removed from the card on 27 March and replaced by Trevor Smith. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
On June 2, 2017, Camozzi announced the expiry of his UFC contract and that he is now a free agent.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||24 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||24–13||Trevor Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||24–12||Dan Kelly||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||November 27, 2016||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||24–11||Thales Leites||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres||August 6, 2016||3||2:58||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||24–10||Vitor Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–10||Joe Riggs||TKO (knees)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy||February 21, 2016||1||0:26||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||22–10||Tom Watson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Watson was deducted one point in round two for groin strikes.|
|Loss||21–10||Ronaldo Souza||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold||April 18, 2015||1||2:33||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21–9||Wes Swofford||TKO (leg kick)||Prize FC 8||March 6, 2015||1||1:25||Denver, Colorado, United States||Defended the Prize FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||20–9||Jeremy Kimball||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Prize FC 7: Rock N' Rumble||November 21, 2014||1||3:33||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won the Prize FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||19–9||Rafael Natal||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||3||5:00||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|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: Villaseñor vs Camozzi||May 27, 2011||3||5:00||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Initial result was incorrectly scored a draw.|
|Loss||14–4||Kyle Noke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 127||February 27, 2011||1||1:35||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||14–3||Dongi Yang||Decision (split)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||13–3||James Hammortree||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 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 King of Champions Middleweight Championship.|
|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: Famous||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: Anger Management||May 9, 2008||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||7–1||Jesse Forbes||Submission (armbar)||MFC 15: Rags to Riches||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||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||Verbal Submission (knee 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)||Kickdown Classic 27||July 15, 2006||1||3:03||Denver, Colorado, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1–0||Victor O'Donnell||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz||March 31, 2010 (air date)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Elimination bout.|
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