Following a brief exit from the UFC, former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor Chris Camozzi get a second life in the Octagon at UFC 137.
Unfortunately for Camozzi he came up short against UFC newcomer Francis Carmont, losing a unanimous decision.
Now just a few days removed from the fight, Camozzi posted on his website with some reflections from the bout and where he went wrong.
“I’m the only one that can step in that Octagon on fight night and it’s up to me to put it all together. Being honest with myself I can say I didn’t do that this past Saturday,” Camozzi wrote. “I’m not a takedown fighter, the game plan was never for me to go in and put him against the fence and try to wear him down.
“The game plan was for me to run out, take the center and throw hundreds of punches like I always do and beat him down! I know I’m a better striker than what was shown. I just wasn’t able to close the distance for some reason and get him into the brawl I wanted.”
The loss has snapped Camozzi into a different mode when it comes to his future as a fighter. Call it the ‘Chris Lytle’ way of thinking.
Following a loss to Matt Serra in the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ 4 finale in which instead of throwing caution to the wind, Lytle fought a conservative game plan and came out on the wrong end of a very close decision. From that moment on, Lytle vowed to go out there, be exciting and let the chips fall where they may.
Lytle ended his career recently as the fighter with the most post fight bonus checks in UFC history. Camozzi wants to follow in his footsteps.
“The next time I step in the Octagon I’m not going to fight to win, I’m going to fight for a bonus. Everyone knows when two guys step in that ring, only one man can walk out a winner and the other a loser. I want to win more than anything but I’m not going to dwell on that anymore,” said Camozzi.
“Losing happens but if I lose again I can guarantee it won’t be boring. I’m going to walk out knowing that I did everything in my power to win and more importantly, to make it an exciting fight. I would rather have a .500 record and remembered as a fighter like Wand (Silva) or Chuck Liddell then have a record of 100-5 and remembered as a guy that always played it safe.”
So following that statement, Camozzi issued a challenge to a fellow ‘Ultimate Fighter’ veteran, who he believes will produce an equally exciting fight should they step foot in the Octagon together.
“I’d love to fight “Crazy” Tim Credeur! Stylistically I think we match up great for the kind of fight I want. He brings it and so will I. I haven’t seen him fight for a while and I think he is due to get in there again soon,” said Camozzi.
“So Tim Credeur if you’re reading this, let’s do it!”