Two middleweights on some serious winning streaks collided last night (May 18, 2013) as former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza made his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi in the UFC on FX 8 co-main event in Brazil.
"Jacare" was originally anticipating a top 10 opponent in Constantino Philippou, but after an injury, faced Camozzi instead, who entered the bout riding an impressive four-fight winning streak in the UFC middleweight division.
Camozzi was game, but he clearly bit off more than he could chew here.
Early on, Camozzi tried to work in some punching combinations, but Souza backed him off with power shots and quickly closed the distance in the clinch looking for takedowns. Camozzi fended him off at first, even when Souza grapevined his legs and attempted to throw him over his shoulder, but he couldn't stay upright long enough.
Once Souza got the fight to the canvas, it was only a matter of time as the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion began systematically breaking down Camozzi on the canvas with guard pass attempts mixed with occasional ground and pound strikes.
Camozzi held off as long as he could, but eventually Souza passed to side control. When he got to mount, "Jacare" immediately slapped on one of the tightest arm triangle chokes ever, switching back to side control for leverage and Camozzi instantly went unconscious. It was a thing of beauty to behold.
For Chris Camozzi, he was simply outmatched in every facet of the bout. Souza had him in pure athleticism, power and clearly was his superior on the canvas. He tried his best to keep it standing and work some punches, but when you're this outclassed by an elite opponent, this is the most likely result. Camozzi deserves some props for taking the fight in the first place on short notice, but when you go from fighting Rafael Natal to a world champion, it's just too steep of a jump.