While Camozzi might have hoped to get a little more cage time than he did, picking up the submission win just 80 seconds into the bout, he’s nonetheless pleased with how the fight played out.
“It was good to get a fight in, especially after pretty much a year off,” Camozzi told MMAWeekly.com.
“I kind of thought he was going to be more of a wrestler and try to take me down pretty quick, but he was content to stay on the feet, which worked out for me pretty well. He made a mistake reaching between my legs in the clinch and that set up the choke pretty quick.”
Camozzi’s time off didn’t affect him, as he stayed busy throughout 2015 working with his teammates to stay ready for his opportunity to finally fight.
“I’d been training pretty much 24/7,” said Camozzi. “We don’t come in and out of the gym depending on a fight. We train all the time anyway. So I didn’t feel rusty at all or anything. I got in there and felt at home and felt comfortable.
“We train to stay ready because we have so many guys who have fights, so we’re always in the gym helping them get ready.”
Camozzi feels he’s a much more evolved fighter now for all the work he did during his time off, especially when it comes to his ground game.
“I’ve definitely seen major differences,” Camozzi said. “I think I’m a lot better on the ground and my wrestling has grown leaps and bounds. I’ve been working with Ian Heinisch, who is a really good wrestler, and he’s shown me a lot of really good things and helped me develop my scrambling and counter-wrestling.”
Camozzi (5-2) returns to the RFA on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., to fight Kenneth Glenn (7-3) in a main card welterweight bout.
“He’s listed as being shorter than me, but I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it looks like I’ll have some reach advantage on him,” said Camozzi of Glenn. “It looks like he’s got some pretty tight boxing, so I’m expecting it to stay on the feet for a while, and then we’ll see where it goes from there.
“It definitely looks like he’s not afraid to go for takedowns, but it looks like he’s at home on his feet, so it should make for an interesting fight.”
With his difficulties finding fights behind him, Camozzi is looking to make up for lost time in 2016.
“My goal this year is to fight four or five times, and I think I can stay on track with that,” he said. “The RFA has been great with getting me on cards and I hope to keep up the pace and rattle off some more fights before the end of the year.”