The UFC has cut middleweight Chris Camozzi (pictured) following September’s controversial split decision defeat to Rafael Natal, his fourth straight defeat under the promotion’s watch.
Camozzi announced his unemployment status Wednesday in a blog post.
“Cuts are minor nuances that sometimes leave a scar as a reminder,” Camozzi wrote. “They are not life changing and if you treat them the right way you can possibly learn how to avoid them in the future.
“I knew this Natal fight was win or move on, probably for both of us. In my heart I felt like I had done enough to win. I left my UFC contract in the judges hands. They felt like I lost and getting cut is what comes with that decision. It is unfortunate that MMA judging and statistical fight analysis is so far off. Instead of looking back I am going to look forward, look forward to building my MMA career.
“I am thankful the UFC gave me the opportunity to fight the best in the World. They treated me fair and gave me a lot of great experiences and the opportunity to meet some amazing MMA fans. At the end of the day I am a MMA fighter at heart. That means my future is not tied to being in the UFC. My future in MMA will continue. I am in the gym already working on all aspects of my fighting skills.”
Camozzi made his UFC debut by beating James Hammortree in June 2010. His best run inside the octagon came between January 2012 to March 2013 when he rattled off four consecutive victories.
The 27-year old owns a 19-9 overall professional record. He won half of 12 bouts in the UFC.