Chris Camozzi (pictured) was exiled from the UFC all of eight months ago after dropping four straight scraps. Following November’s submission victory over Jeremy Kimball for Fight to Win, a tiny Colorado-based MMA promotion headed by former UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, Camozzi finds himself right back in the big leagues.
But the hits don’t end there for Camozzi. He’s co-headlining UFC on FOX 15 against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, the UFC’s top ranked middleweight.
How do you go from being fired to rehired in less than a year after winning one fight against an unknown opponent? What about accepting to face Souza on only six days’ notice, a man Camozzi has already lost to in convincing fashion just six outings ago?
In what world does this make any sense?
In UFC president Dana White’s world, that’s where.
“hey dummy, u know how many people wanna fight Jacare on 6 days notice? 1!!!! #muchrespectchris,” White responded to a fan on Twitter after the matchup was announced over the weekend.
For the UFC, the booking makes sense because it’s a primetime card and they needed to keep the lineup as intact as possible. Let’s be honest, if Souza posts another devastating finish over Camozzi, a high possibility taking everything into consideration, the general public will simply be talking about the highlight reel ending, not that it came against Camozzi or injured original opponent Yoel Romero.
Camozzi had no choice but to accept. It’s a win-win situation for him even if he loses. He’s back in the majors and gets a solid paycheck. He’ll also likely score a top secret discretionary bonus for accepting the fight at the 11th hour. Furthermore, even in defeat, his next bout will be in the UFC for coming to their rescue.
As for Souza, this is about as absolutely-nothing-to-gain as it comes. He’s currently a 15-1 odds-on favorite to plaster an unranked opponent he just steamrolled 23 months ago.
UFC on FOX 15 goes down Saturday inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.