If there’s been one thing that’s eluded UFC featherweight Will Campuzano over the last couple of years, it’s been consistency.
Caught in a pattern of alternating wins and losses, Campuzano knows what went wrong in the times he hasn’t come out on top.
“I’ve had some tough opponents,” Campuzano told MMAWeekly.com. “I fought Eddie Wineland and I think he had a lot of experience on me. I fought another fight in Texas (against Steve Garcia) and I won that, and then Nick (Pace) wasn’t really fighting, he was kind of holding me down and I think I kind of gave him the fight.
“I beat him up, but I was too aggressive and trying to get the knockout so bad that I wasn’t really so worried about jiu-jitsu defense.”
In an effort to put things on the right path, Campuzano headed to Sacramento, Calif.’s premier MMA gym in preparation for his upcoming UFC return.
“For this fight I came out here to Alpha Male and I think it’s making me better all around,” he stated. “My striking, my grappling, I’m improving as a fighter.
“I think it will show (in my upcoming fights). Sometimes I’ve gone out there with a lack of confidence, and being here has definitely helped me gain a lot of confidence to go out there and be aggressive.”
Aggression may be the name of the game on Jan. 22 when Campuzano squares off against Chris Cariaso at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in Ft. Hood, Texas.
“He’s really action-oriented,” said Campuzano of Cariaso. “I think we should get in there and mix it up and get it on.
“He’s kind of small, so I think I should be able to pick him apart. I think he shoots in once in a while, but I don’t think he’ll be able to get me down.”
With three losses in four Zuffa-owned properties fights, Campuzano’s back may be to the wall against Cariaso, his future with the company may be at stake, but he won’t let it affect how he handles himself on fight night.
“I don’t really worry about it,” admitted Campuzano. “I think I’ll show up to fight, and that’s my main thing going into a fight, I’m still going to go in there and try to knock someone out.”
Having made strides to improve his mental game to match his physical abilities, Campuzano could begin the road to making his mark in the UFC in 2011.
“I want to thank Punishment and HeavyHands,” he concluded. “The fans should definitely check out the show, UFC Fight for the Troops 2 has an awesome card and they’ll be entertained.
“Thanks to everyone that’s supported me and believed in me, I’m going to get (things) together in 2011. I want to keep learning, keep working and pick up some wins.”