Costa Philippou Out at UFC on FX 8, Chris Camozzi Steps Up to Face Jacare

May 3, 2013
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Chris CamozziAn injury has forced Costa Philippou out of his UFC on FX 8 bout with Ronald “Jacare” Souza.

UFC officials announced Philippou’s injury and his replacement Friday morning. A report from MMAFighting.com indicated that Philippou suffered a cut above his eye, although UFC officials did not confirm the nature of the injury.

With Philippou out, Chris Camozzi was pulled from his feature bout against Rafael Natal, and plugged into the co-main event to face Jacare.

Camozzi (19-5) has been tearing up the UFC middleweight ranks recently. After losing a decision to Georges St-Pierre training partner Francis Carmont at UFC 137, Camozzi has gone on a four-fight winning streak, defeating Dustin Jacoby, Nick Catone, Luiz Cane, and Nick Ring.

The Colorado native has fought on the main card before, including his recent fight with Ring at UFC 158, but facing Jacare propels him into the co-main event on FX.

Jacare (17-3) is making his Octagon debut at UFC on FX 8, but being a former Strikeforce middleweight champion and fighting on his home turf in Brazil makes him a significant step up for Camozzi.

Jacare lost his Strikeforce belt to Luke Rockhold in 2011, but has since reeled off three consecutive victories, beating Bristol Marunde, Derek Brunson, and most recently Ed Herman.

With Camozzi moving to fight Jacare, his original opponent, Rafael Natal (15-4-1) now squares off with UFC newcomer João Zeferino (13-4).

Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold headlines UFC on FX 8 in a five-round middleweight non-title fight. The event is slated for Saturday, May 18, in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    This sucks I was really looking forward to Costa fighting again especially against a guy like Jacare that will test his ground game. Big opportunity for Camozzi. Jacare is championship material.

    • BobLemons

      This does indeed suck. I had my money on Costa, and with his underdog status thought I’d make a sweet profit.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Costa is a big MW and I love his foot work with his kickboxing. I wouldn’t mind seeing him and Leben go at it. Or Bisping even. I know he has to get some wins for that but off hand those fights excite me.

        • BobLemons

          I mostly agree. I’d say Costa is way too technical for Leben to handle and would be an easy W. Costa and Bisping on the other hand are very evenly matched, I’d hate to pick a winner on that. People said I was mad when I bet on Philippou beating Boetsch, but they were proved wrong. Costa is top 5, no doubt. Like Bisping, he rarely looks exceptional, but his game is so tight that it’s hard to get off on him.

          I still think Bisping beats Belfort 8 out of 10 times. Give Costa the winner of Rockhold vs Belfort and give Bisping the winner of Munoz vs Boetsch. Then put the winners of that together for the next MW title shot.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            I agree. Makes sense and puts together some interesting fights. Even though Silva has been champ in that division for years there are still great fights their for everyone else.

        • shakejunt

          bisping would be an excellent fight for costa, great suggestion. two good boxers with good tdd. makes sense rankings-wise too.

    • shakejunt

      most definitely a big loss to the card. while camozzi is on a nice streak, it just won’t be the same type of debut for souza

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Should be a good fight but if Jacare wins I hope he gets a bigger name. no offense to Camozzi; he is a good fighter.

  • Cereal Killer

    Bummed, I like Philippou. I’m not sold on Jacare yet. I’m pulling for Chris!

  • solo

    F***!!! Jacare will destroy Camozzi!