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Along with being a mixed martial artist, Chris Camozzi is a rock solid investment.
Camozzi (Twitter: @ChrisCamozzi) is on his second stint in the UFC, and after coming up short at UFC 137 against Francis Carmont, The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast member is looking to get back in the win column. Camozzi will have the opportunity to do that at UFC on Fox 2, Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., where he is set to scrap Dustin Jacoby.
Camozzi readied himself for this battle at Factory X in Colorado. He said Brian Baker and Brian Rogers from Bellator came in and helped him. Also, some guys at the gym that fight locally on the regional circuit, and TUF 3 finalist Ed Herman came in to spar with him.
The team constructed a strategy for Camozzi to defeat a combatant he is acquainted with.
“I actually got to meet Dustin at my last fight,” Camozzi told MMADieHards.com. “We hung out a little bit and I think he’s a really good dude, but I didn’t get to see much of his fight while I was there because I was fighting. I ended up watching it later on. I think he’s a pretty good striker, he throws straight. He obviously hits hard, I mean look at his record he’s got quite a few knockouts. I haven’t seen much of his ground game, but I feel we have a pretty good game plan to beat him.”
Camozzi experienced a UFC release in the past and he does not want to endure that again.
Following The Ultimate Fighter 11, a season Camozzi had to forfeit due to injury, he was welcomed back for the finale and defeated James Hammortree. The California native went on to win a split-decision against Yang Dongi at UFC 121. Camozzi suffered his first UFC loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 127, which lead to a pink slip.
Camozzi fought Joey Villasenor in a bout that was originally ruled a draw, but consequently overturned and counted as a victory for “Kamikaze”. That earned Camozzi a return to the Octagon. Unfortunately, Camozzi was defeated by Carmont in his return, and the thought of another contract release is present.
However, Camozzi is aware of what went wrong last time and he adamant he won’t let it happen again.
“I don’t feel the pressure, but I know I need to win,” Camozzi admitted. “Every fight in the UFC I feel like I need to win. I feel like I didn’t really pull the trigger in that last fight. I had a great camp last time and I didn’t have any injuries or anything. I can’t explain it other than I had an off night. It’s been bugging me this whole training camp, but I feel more than ready to do it this time.”
Camozzi’s bout on Saturday will be broadcast on Facebook and possibly Fuel TV. Having a platform other than pay-per-view to air fights is beneficial for the fighters, in the sense that is gives them exposure.
Camozzi said his goal is to perform well and eventually fight on Fox because it will assist him with getting recognized by sponsors and other mixed martial artists for training purposes. Sponsorship income is vital to athletes on the lower end of the UFC pay scale, and Camozzi is constantly trying to better his financial situation.
“Sponsorship is a big part of the sport,” Camozzi said. “I’m always looking to build relationships with companies more so than just having logo placement. I always try to build a working relationship with them and there’s a lot of things we can do through my management company that is outside of fighting. I’m always looking for those companies to invest in me and build a product together.”
“Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed is one of my main sponsors,” Camozzi explained. “My management company is always thinking outside the box and they got me with Jamie. I think he’s going to be in Chicago this Saturday, so I’m excited to meet him in person. We only talked via internet so far, but he seems like a great guy. He supported me in my last two fights so I appreciate that.”
With a rock band in tow, Camozzi wants rock the show at UFC on Fox 2.