Chris Camozzi: “I’m getting the opportunity to fight a legend in ‘Jacare’.”

UFC Middleweight Chris Camozzi took a short notice fight on the prelims of UFC On FX 8: Belfort Vs Rockhold, and just a few weeks later he finds himself in the co-main event fighting Ronaldo Souza. Camozzi has never turned down a fight that was offered by the UFC brass, and now Camozzi has earned a chance to let the world know what kind of fighter he is in the co-headlining spot. In a recent interview, Camozzi spoke about taking the fight, the changes, and what he is planning on doing Saturday night in Brazil.

Camozzi told MMAWeekly:

“Obviously the last change they gave me was a step up on the card to the co-main event, so of course I can’t complain about that. I’m getting the opportunity to fight a legend in Jacare, which I’m really excited about.

“I’ve always been all about fighting guys that I’ve seen on TV or that I’ve followed throughout the sport, match-ups that excite me, and this is one of them. They just gave me a big opportunity that I’ve been asking for, so it didn’t matter who it was, I would have said yes.

The game plan stays quite a bit the same. There’s a few changes as far as some of the things he does that I think I can capitalize on, but other than that everything has stayed a lot the same. I’m more focused on what I’m going to do rather than what he’s going to do or what I think he’s going to do.

Every fight I go into I always plan on striking. I would say it is important to keep it off the mat, but I’m not going to have that in my head where I’m panicking or anything. Defensively, I feel pretty comfortable. Obviously, we all know, no matter how much jiu-jitsu I do, I’m not going to be better than him at jiu-jitsu, but this is MMA, so there’s a lot more variables in there. I feel I’ll be comfortable anywhere it goes, but again I have my game plan and I’m sure he has his.”

He’s ranked higher than me. This is a fight where not that many people are giving me a chance of winning. So I go in there and fight with nothing to lose and those are the most dangerous fights for guys like Jacare to take.”

Photo Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

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