Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Ronaldo Souza and Chris Camozzi clashed for the second time last night (April 18, 2015) at UFC on FOX 15 inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
While Souza was supposed to square off with a fellow top contender in Yoel Romero, an injury scrapped that match up. Instead, Souza ended up inside the cage with Chris Camozzi once again, looking to showcase his incredible talents.
Camozzi took on "Jacare" on short notice once before, and it didn't end well for him ... again. Though it got him back into UFC, Camozzi was still intent on making sure things went differently this time.
Camozzi looked to circle as the fight started, flicking out quick inside low kicks and jabs. Souza pressured his opponent and drilled him with a couple hard right hands, while Camozzi hung tough and looked for counter punches. Then, Souza stopped screwing around and shoot for a double leg, tossing Camozzi onto his back.
From there, "Jacare's" gorgeous jiu-jitsu was obvious. He sliced through Camozzi's guard with ease and moved into the mount. Camozzi attempted to scramble back to his guard, but Souza jumped on his arm. Though Camozzi kept his hands clasped momentarily, Souza quickly ripped through his defenses and finished the fight.
Is there really anything to analyze here?
This fight went almost exactly the same as their first meeting a couple years ago. Camozzi was out-struck, taken down, and then quickly submitted. And if some absurd circumstances force them to fight a third or thirtieth time, the result will probably be exactly the same.
"Jacare" is just so, so much better.
Unfortunately for Souza, the main event was announced as a title eliminator, meaning he needs to earn another victory before battling for the belt. Hopefully, the UFC can match him up with Yoel Romero once again if the Cuban heals up quickly.
Camozzi may have lost, but at least he's back in UFC. I won't criticize his performance or offer a better suggested path, as there was really nothing he could have done. Instead, let's just hope Camozzi is matched appropriately with a middle- to lower-tier middleweight in his next match up.
At UFC on FOX 15, Ronaldo Souza tore through Chris Camozzi for an early submission as expected. Can the Brazilian make his way to the UFC title?
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