The UFC on FOX 2 prelims will feature a match up between two middleweights, Chris Camozzi (L) and Dustin Jacoby (R), who will look to rebound from recent losses and prove they truly belong in the Octagon. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
The 25-year old fighter amassed a record of 12-3 over a period of three years before he finally got his big opportunity to be a part of the hit mixed martial arts (MMA) reality television series that aired on Spike TV.
"Kamikaze" won his fight versus Victor O'Donnell for the TUF 11 auditions, earning himself the right to live in the house and vie for the six-figure UFC contract. Unfortunately for Camozzi, during the epic battle, he suffered a badly broken jaw, causing him to be removed from the show.
Despite his setback, Camozzi was offered a second chance when they placed him on the TUF 11 Finale card opposite James Hammortree, a fight from which he emerged victorious via unanimous decision.
Camozzi has been signed by the UFC, cut by the UFC and then signed again. He lost his last fight to Francis Carmont at UFC 137 on Oct. 29, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, by unanimous decision. Even though he's young and has a reputation for always putting on exciting fights, one could certainly say he's on uncertain footing with Zuffa and could really use a win.
He will face a fighter who is in similar shoes.
Dustin Jacoby lost his last fight, a unanimous decision, to Clifford Starks also back at UFC 137. Two consecutive losses would be far from an ideal way to start a career in the UFC. If anything, it may be a good way to end it (temporarily, at least).
Both of these guys are brawlers and have their fair share of knockouts. However, the ground game aspect should go to Camozzi in a big way. Look for him to shoot for a takedown if the stand up starts to go in Jacoby's favor.
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