Chico Camus struggled just enough in the UFC bantamweight division he decided to drop down to 125-pounds to swim with the flyweight sharks. He was thrown in with the up-and-down Brad Pickett in his first outing on the main card of tonight's (Sat., Nov. 22, 2014) UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs. Swanson" event in Austin, Texas on Fox Sports 1.
He was impressive early on, cutting up Pickett's face, drawing first blood, and landing more significant strikes through the first five minutes of the contest. In fact, it appeared as though Pickett's nose was broken and had to be reset between the first and second rounds.
Despite his busted beak, ol' "One Punch" didn't dial back the aggression one bit, engaging often and scoring points through sheer volume. His takedowns were failing, however, and Camus seemed to have a clear path at victory heading into the third.
He was light on his feet and working angles all throughout that final frame, landing something like 62-percent of his punches. But Pickett kept it close enough to muddy the waters, though he did fail on a late takedown he surely hoped would help earn him the round.
Judges scorecards: 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28, a split decision in favor of Camus.
Pickett was livid with the announcement of his defeat, but it was a tightly contested battle that really could have gone either way.
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