UFC FN 73: Chris Camozzi Admits he Might Have to “Start Thinking” About Shooting Takedowns
By FCF Staff
Although Chris Camozzi prefers to put his noted striking skills to work when he fights, after losing his last five UFC bouts, the veteran concedes it may be time to start changing things up.
Camozzi is booked to fight Tom Watson this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 73, who has also forged a reputation for being a striker over the years. The fight will mark the first time Camozzi has fought since April, when he was tapped out by “Jacare” Souza.
Prior to that contest, the Colorado middleweight had won back-to-back bouts, but they took place outside of the UFC. Camozzi exited the promotion initially in 2014, after losing four straight fights.
Recently the 28 year-old spoke with UFC.com, and while discussing his bout this Saturday with Watson, Camozzi (21-10) stated this:
“If you look at the stats, I don’t think either of us has landed a takedown in our fights,” Camozzi says. “I’m not a fan of takedowns. I am a fan of the Rory MacDonald versusRobbie Lawler type fights. I would rather do that than go for a takedown, but you know, I think it’s not so smart on my part. I think it takes a certain amount of maturity for a fighter to recognize when he should go for a takedown. I just never think about it, but maybe I should start thinking that way. At the end of the day, three wins in a row is a streak. Three losses in a row is a pink slip. That said, I like to give the fans their money’s worth.”
Watson (17-8), meanwhile, is coming off a decision loss to Rafael Natal and is 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.
UFC FN 73 will be hosted by Nashville, Tennessee. In the main event, Glover Teixeira will battle fellow light-heavyweight contender, Ovince Saint Preux.