Chris Camozzi took to the Performance MMA blog to announce that he has been released by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on the heels of his split-decision loss to Rafael Natal, which went down at UFC Fight Night 50 back on Sept. 5, 2014.
While Camozzi -- who is taking the news pretty well -- knows all too well the dangers of losing four fights in a row, what seems to irk him is the fact that he left the fight in the hands of the judges. And by doing that, a flawed system ultimately cost him his job as a UFC fighter.
Cuts are minor nuances that sometimes leave a scar as a reminder. 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.
My coaches have helped me evolve into a more complete fighter. There are a lot of great Middleweights not in the UFC and I look forward to facing some of them. We get better through battles and I am always looking to do just that.
I can't thank my sponsors enough, your commitment to me in and out of the cage has allowed me to realize my dreams and help others. I am honored to continue to represent you and thankful for all of your support.
To my fans, I promise you that I will train harder and continue to showcase the style and heart that you have come to expect from me. I will always keep coming forward and always go out on my shield. I can't express how much you mean to me, your support and love make the hard days easier and the good days great.
Nevertheless, Chris is staying positive and looks forward to continuing his mixed martial arts (MMA) career despite the setback. The good news is, he now has plenty of options to continue his career as Bellator, World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and ONE FC are always looking to improve their rosters.
Camozzi competed 12 times inside the Octagon, compiling an even 6-6 record.