Chris Camozzi

Christopher Allen Camozzi[1] (born November 20, 1986) is an American professional Glory kickboxer and 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.[7]

Chris Camozzi
BornChristopher Allen Camozzi[1]
(1986-11-20) November 20, 1986 (age 34)
Alameda, California, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Reach78 in (200 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofLakewood, Colorado, United States
TeamFactory X Muay Thai (2010–2020)[3]
Genesis Training Center (2020–present)[4]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mario Correa[5][6]
Years active2006–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission7
By decision10
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision8
Other information
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

Early 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[11]

Shark FightsEdit

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.[12]

Return to the UFCEdit

It was announced on September 12 that Camozzi had re-signed with the UFC.[13] 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 submission on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2.[14]

Camozzi faced Nick Catone on June 22, 2012, at UFC on FX 4.[15] 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 Buddy Roberts on August 11, 2012, at UFC 150.[16] However, Camozzi was injured and pulled out of the bout.[17]

Camozzi fought Brazilian Luiz Cané on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Camozzi next faced Nick Ring on March 16, 2013, at UFC 158.[19] 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.[20] However, on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal.[21] 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.[22] He lost the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke submission in the first round.

Camozzi next faced Lorenz Larkin on November 6, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 31.[23] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Camozzi was expected to face Andrew Craig on April 11, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 39.[24] However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins as Craig was ruled out with an illness.[25]

Camozzi faced Bruno Santos on July 5, 2014, at UFC 175.[26] He lost the fight via split decision.

A rescheduled bout with Rafael Natal took place on September 5, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 50.[27] Natal defeated Camozzi via split decision.[28]

After losing four consecutive fights Camozzi was released by the UFC for a second time.[29]

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.[30] He lost the fight via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[31]

Camozzi faced Tom Watson on August 8, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 73.[32] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[33]

Camozzi next faced Joe Riggs on February 21, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 83.[34] He won the fight via TKO in the first round due to a series of knees.[35] He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[36]

Camozzi faced Vitor Miranda on May 29, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 88.[37] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

Camozzi faced Thales Leites on August 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 92.[39] He lost the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round.[40]

Camozzi next faced Dan Kelly on November 27, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 101.[41] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[42]

Camozzi was expected to face Magnus Cedenblad on May 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 109.[43] However, Cedenblad was removed from the card on 27 March and replaced by Trevor Smith.[44] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[45]

On June 2, 2017, Camozzi announced the expiry of his UFC contract and that he is now a free agent.[46]

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Camozzi was scheduled to face Thiago Silva on June 16, 2018, at ACB 88 in Brisbane, Australia.[47] However, the fight got canceled two days before the event due to Silva's visa complications.[48]

He then faced Muslim Magomedov at ACA 93: Balaev vs Zhamaldaev on March 16, 2019. He lost the fight via third-round stoppage.[49]

He faced Tony Lopez at SCL 76 on September 6, 2019. He won the fight via first-round submission.[50]

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

Camozzi faced 2019 PFL Light Heavyweight tournament winner Emiliano Sordi on April 29, 2021 at PFL 2 as the start of the 2021 PFL Light Heavyweight tournament.[51] He lost a close back and forth bout via unanimous decision.[52]

Personal lifeEdit

Camozzi previously owned and operated an MMA gear and clothing distribution company, Performance MMA, in Englewood, Colorado.[53][4]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
40 matches 25 wins 15 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 8 6
By decision 10 8
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–15 Emiliano Sordi Decision (unanimous) PFL 2 April 29, 2021 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 25–14 Tony Lopez Submission (arm-triangle choke) SCL 76 September 6, 2019 1 3:11 Golden, Colorado, United States
Loss 24–14 Muslim Magomedov TKO (doctor stoppage) ACA 93: Balaev vs Zhamaldaev March 16, 2019 3 1:02 St. Petersburg, Russia
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

Res. 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 March 31, 2010 (air date) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada Elimination bout.

Kickboxing recordEdit

Professional kickboxing record
3 wins (2 KOs), 1 loss, 0 draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2018-11-02 Win   Myron Dennis Glory 61: New York New York City, New York, United States Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 3–1
2018-08-10 Win   John King Glory 56: Denver Broomfield, Colorado, United States TKO (strikes) 2 2:48 2–1
2018-03-31 Loss   Mike Lemaire Glory 52: Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, United States Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 1–1
2017-12-01 Win   Kyle Weickhardt Glory 48: New York New York City, New York United States TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 3:00 1–0

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See alsoEdit


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