How’s things going today?
Going great. Just enjoying some time off now. Got back home a couple days ago and just been hanging out and catching up on stuff.
I gotta ask, what was it like just being in Brazil?
Brazil was awesome. The weather was great. The atmosphere for fighting is definitely awesome. The fans there are really passionate, and it was just a big dream of mine to go down there and fight, especially with what I’ve heard about the fans and how encouraging they are about the sport. Even though they weren’t necessarily rooting for me, it was still cool to be a part of it.
You flew in on a Sunday and fought on Saturday. How was the fight week different there than, say, when you fought here in Chicago?
Yeah, definitely the weather. No, you know, as soon as I’d get into town it’s strictly business for me. I just get down to it, I keep training. I do a lot of pad work and stuff to get my weight down. I try to stay out of the sauna as much as I can because it depletes you a little bit. So the only thing I did different was I was down training with Team Moraes down there and Diego Moraes who had my corner, you know he’s got a couple gyms down there in Rio, so I got a chance to do some Jiu Jitsu at their gyms and check it out a little bit. B ut other than that I didn’t do any fight scene or anything like that. Just strictly business, and then I stayed a couple days after to enjoy Rio.
You battled Luiz Cane who was making his middleweight debut. Prior to the fight you stated that you believed he wouldn’t be much bigger than you as you are a big middleweight. Did you feel that way in the cage?
Yeah, I felt like we were pretty close in size, but I definitely felt strong in there, which is always a factor in there, too. You wonder if guys coming down weight are gonna be a lot stronger than you, and I didn’t feel that way at all. I think I prepared well. I train hard, I lift heavy and stuff, and I just prepare myself, and I try to be the biggest I can be in there and still make weight the right way.
The fight was close; how’d you feel inside as it was going on? Did you think that you were winning the fight the whole time?
I felt like I was winning. But in my head in the fight I just try to tell myself, “You gotta finish. Don’t count on the judges or the scorecards.” So I try not to think about it too much. Right afterwards before they announced the decision I was thinking about it, and I figured I won, and Luiz actually told me, “I think you got this one.” So I felt pretty confident in it, but you never know. It made me nervous, and I hate that. You know, winning is so much more satisfying when you can finish the fight with submission or knockout or TKO. So there’s definitely work for me to do. I need to be getting to the point where I’m not getting decisions.
Was there something that your corner told you after round one that caused you to come out just a little bit more aggressive?
I felt like I ended the first round pretty well. I thought I caught him a little bit. I just watched the fight yesterday, actually, and it looked like his leg were a little rubbery right at the last punch of the round. And not just that, I train to come into fights a little bit different than other people. We’re here training mile high in Denver, so I always try to finish better than I start. I tend to start kind of slow and finish – start getting faster. I think in the third round I can usually push the pace better than most guys. My manager and my coaches are actually kind of getting on me to try and start fast and finish fast because they get a little nervous, too. ‘Cause sometimes I start really slow in the first round.
You bloodied up Cane’s nose and were landing more frequently as the fight went on. How much do you think the blood played a factor in the fight?
It’s hard to say for everybody, but for me, personally, when I start seeing the guy’s bleeding it makes me not think about being tired. It makes me want to keep going. I’m like a bull you know I see red and I wanna keep going. But just the opposite, if I’m bleeding I don’t really care. I’m kind of a bleeder anyway – I get bloody noses all the time training and stuff, so hopefully not everybody judges it that way ’cause I don’t know if I’ve had many fights were I didn’t have a bloody nose or something. I guess if I know I’m cut it kind of makes me feel a little bit more rushed which is good sometimes, too. So I guess all in all it kind of helps me altogether.
You are now 6-2 in your UFC career. Where do you think you stand in the middleweight division?
I think I definitely took a step up with that win, and I’m hoping that they give me another bigger name on my next fight. I know a lot of the middleweights are tied up right now, but there’s great fighters out there that I think would be exciting fights for me. I know Wanderlei Silva doesn’t have an opponent that I know of – which would be like a dream come true for me because that guy’s one of my idols in the sport. I know Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara are fighting, too, and I think either one of those would be a good match-up for me. I’m just looking for a name opponent. I wouldn’t mind fighting Jake Shields, either. Guys that are gonna help me take another big step up and move up the ladder. All I can do is hope for that stuff, but when it comes down to it I gotta fight whoever Joe Silva and Dana White tell me to.
Are you hoping to get back in the cage this year?
It just all depends, actually. I’m waiting to hear from the doctors. I didn’t get banged up too bad this last fight, but I did fracture my nose. I don’t know how bad yet. They’re supposed to give me a call back – I just got it x-rayed the other day. But I don’t think it’s going to be too long of a process. I actually bought some headgear with a bar across it, so I’m probably gonna try and spar this Friday. As long as I’m not getting smashed in the nose and getting it injured more I should be good to go, so we’ll see.
Where can the fans find you at?
Follow me @chriscamozzi on Twitter. I got my fan page going on Facebook it’s just Chris Camozzi fan page. And my website that I’m always pushing and we’re always doing concepts and stuff on – chriscamozzimma.com. Any of those. I appreciate the support.
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
First and foremost my team at Factory X and my management Ingrained Media. Those guys are the ones that help me win and help me get paid. And a big thank you to the lead singer of Hatebreed Jamey Jasta been a big sponsor of mine for a while. Fear the Fighter clothing line, Hyabusa, Swole Sports nutrition, Tool King and Instituto Recao. You got Masters of Disaster which is a cool show coming out on HD TV and you’ll probably see me on there. Let’s see… Fightnewsweekly.blogspot.ca. And I think that’s everybody.
What is Masters of Disaster?
It’s a cool show for HD TV. These guys are starting a reality show where they go in and they clean up after natural disasters and stuff like that. I had the opportunity to go down and work with them and help them out for the fires here in Colorado where they helped restore a house for this family. They clean all the fire damage, all the charred stuff, they replace everything – it’s just pretty cool. They do floods, they do tornadoes, they do anything. But it should be a pretty cool show, it’s pretty interesting. And me getting to go help them out… it was cool to see how they recover from stuff like that and how they help people.
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