- CAMOZZI TOPS LILES IN EFX’S DENVER DEBUT

November 12, 2007
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by Ken Pishna (Photos courtesy of April Pishna)


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DENVER – Saturday night was a much better night for rising<br /> middleweight talent Chris Camozzi than it was for the debuting Elite

 

(Photos
courtesy of
href="http://www.pishnaphoto.com/">April Pishna
/ PishnaPhoto.com
)

 

DENVER –
Saturday night was a much better night for rising middleweight talent Chris
Camozzi than it was for the debuting Elite Fighting Xtreme promoters. The first
event of the new promotion offered a fair amount of local talent that put forth
their best efforts, but EFX had a difficult time drawing fans to the 5,000-seat
Wells Fargo Theater in Downtown Denver.

 

Estimates
put attendance well below the 1,000 mark for the opening effort of EFX,
although the promoters would not verify what the actual attendance was.

 

The main
event featured a middleweight title fight pitting International Fight League
veteran Donnie Liles – just one week removed from a decision loss to Jay
Hieron in the World Grand Prix – against the aforementioned Camozzi, who
was coming off of a winning effort just two weeks prior.

 

Liles
appeared to take the upper hand early on, landing several good punching
combinations that tested the chin of his opponent. Camozzi passed the test,
however, and rebounded midway through the opening round to turn the tide. Just
before the bell, he dropped Liles to the mat with a body shot and followed up
with a barrage of punches that caused the referee to step in and stop the bout.

 

Although
Camozzi said after the fight that he “didn’t really feel good out there,” you’d
have been hard pressed to know it the way he stunned Liles and closed out the
fight. The win improved his overall record to an impressive 8-0 and should
start earning him some strong looks from promoters outside of the Rocky
Mountain region.

 

Jose
Murillo defeated Cameron Dollar after an overtime-round to clear up a two-round
draw for the EFX and Tap or Snap (another local promotion) lightweight
professional titles.

 

Jesse
Henley won a unanimous decision over Jason Brenton for the EFX amateur lightweight
championship.

 

Miguel
Martinez won two fights on Saturday night, first defeating Phil Bentley by TKO
and then Nick Bushman by rear naked choke, to win a four-man tournament and the
amateur featherweight belt.

 

PROFESSIONAL
MMA BOUTS:

–Chris
Camozzi def. Donnie Liles by TKO (Strikes) at 4:58, R1

–Spencer
Hooker def. Jeremy Hart by Submission at 4:57, R2

–Rocky
Johnson def. Preston Scharf by Unanimous Decision, R3

–Jose
Murillo def. Cameron Dollar by Unanimous Decision, R3 (OT)

–Manuel
Gallardo def. Andre DeVillier by Submission at 2:11, R2

–Max
Smith def. Mark Korzenowski by Split Decision, R2

 

AMATEUR
MMA BOUTS:

–Miguel
Martinez def. Nick Bushman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:31, R1

–Jesse
Henley def. Jason Brenton by Unanimous Decision, R3

–Sam
Ferrell def. Ronnie Encinias by Unanimous Decision, R3

–Caleb
Jarramillo def. Shawn Flannagan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:24, R1

–Miguel
Martinez def. Phil Bentley by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07, R1

–Nick
Bushman def. Alan Alano by TKO (Strikes) at 0:37, R1

–Adam
Martinez def. Titus Holmes by TKO (Injury), R2

 

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