UFC FN 73: Tom Watson’s Tired of Losing a “Strategy Battle”
By FCF Staff
Although Tom Watson has never been stopped in the Octagon, after losing four of his six UFC fights to date, the bruising striker understood it was time for a change.
Watson is booked to fight Chris Camozzi tonight at UFC Fight Night 73, after he was decisioned by Rafael Natal in January. The loss was the latest Watson has incurred via the judge’s scorecards, as all four of his defeats to date in the UFC, have been via decision.
Recently the British fighter spoke with UFC.com, and while doing so, he relayed he’s happy he moved from California to Florida to train with the Blackzilians. “Kong” also stated this:
“It’s taken a long acceptance that everybody’s getting smart in the UFC,” Watson said. “A fight in the UFC is three rounds, and I think a lot of people go into a fight with the fact in mind that if you win, it’s (I get paid) double what you get to show up, and it’s ‘let’s play a tactical game.’ And in pretty much all my fights, people have taken the smart way, where they think ‘I’m not gonna knock him out, I’m probably not going to submit him, so if I can just score a couple takedowns, I don’t care if he gets back up; I’m winning the round because I’ve scored two takedowns.’ I’ve got to stop that, because if I’m going to fight under these rules, I’m losing fights where I feel like it’s not even a fight. It’s like I’ve lost a strategy battle. So I think I’ve got to change my style a little bit. It takes two to tango, they say, and I can’t just rely on the other person coming to tango.”
Watson went on to add that Camozzi also comes forward like him, and that his main issue is with fighters who look to stall on the ground, and not the grappling side of MMA. Camozzi is coming off a submission loss to “Jacare” Souza, after winning back-to-back bouts outside the UFC. The noted striker has lost his last 5 UFC bouts.
UFC FN 73 will be hosted by Nashville, Tennessee.