The Ultimate Fight Championship recently released middleweight Chris Camozzi. Despite his four-year tenure, the promotion had little choice following Camozzi’s four consecutive losses, even though the last two were razor-thin slip decisions.
Camozzi, however, didn’t spend much time licking his wounds.
“Cuts are minor nuances that sometimes leave a scar as a reminder. They are not life changing and if you treat them the right way you can possibly learn how to avoid them in the future,” he wrote on PerformanceMMA.com, his fight team’s website.
“I knew this (last) fight was win or move on, probably for both of us. In my heart I felt like I had done enough to win. I left my UFC contract in the judges hands.”
Within days of his release, Camozzi already signed for his first fight outside of the UFC. He will headline Prize Fighting Championship’s PFC 7: Rock N Rumble on Nov. 21 in Denver, where he will challenge the promotion’s current middleweight champion Jeremy Kimball.
“There are a lot of great middleweights not in the UFC and I look forward to facing some of them,” said Camozzi. “We get better through battles and I am always looking to do just that.”
Not only does PFC 7 feature Camozzi’s first post-UFC fight as part of a 13-bout fight card, it also features a performance by platinum selling rock band P.O.D., known for such hits at “Alive” and “Youth of a Nation.”
Although he was disappointed by his UFC release, Camozzi is ever the optimist, excited for the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans in Denver for the first time in several years.
“The last few years I have been traveling the world and fighting. I finally get the opportunity to fight in my hometown of Denver, Colorado, and its the first time since 2010,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to fighting in front of my family, friends and fans who have supported me all over the world.”