UFC 127: Kyle Noke Makes Australia Proud, Submits Camozzi in the First Round

February 26, 2011

Kyle Noke submits Chris Camozzi

He came from a Land Down Under, where Kyle Noke left Chris Camozzi plundered.

It was a dream for Kyle Noke to fight in his home country of Australia, and he made sure it paid off by submitting former “Ultimate Fighter” cast mate Chris Camozzi with relative ease, putting him away with a first round rear naked choke.

Camozzi came out firing, showing his hand looking for a stand-up fight, but Noke was having none of that. The Australian born fighter took Camozzi to the mat, and it never got back to the feet again.

Noke moved fluidly to pass Camozzi’s defense and take his back, sinking in his hooks. With his jiu-jitsu on full display, the Aussie wrenched up on a rear naked choke, and with Camozzi trapped like a fly in a spider’s web, he tapped out.

“I was expecting a stand-up war from Chris, but we got it to the ground and I was able to get the submission,” Noke commented after the fight.

It was a proud moment for Noke who still trains occasionally in his homeland of Australia, but he resides mainly in the U.S. for his training camps now working under Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in New Mexico. He credited Jackson for the slick ground moves that got him the win at UFC 127.

“Mr. Jackson, thank you sir,” Noke said.

Noke has been ultra impressive since his time on the “Ultimate Fighter”, winning all three fights, while stopping all three opponents. The victory was made even sweeter this time because he got to do it in front of his friends and family in Australia.

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