In an interview with Heidi Fang on MMA Fight Corner, UFC Middleweight Chris Camozzi spoke about the crazy month he’s had adjusting to the changes that have happened with his match-up. First he was slated to meet Cezar Ferreira. Then he got injured and Rafael Natal stepped in as Ferreira’s replacement. When UFC on FX 8’s co-main event lost Costa Philippou, Camozzi got the call to face Strikeforce’s former middleweight champion and UFC newcomer, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
With only a couple of weeks to prepare for Jacare, Camozzi said the challenge that lies ahead is more than just a physical battle.
“It’s all mental for me. I train everyday whether I’m fighting or not. We were working on polishing a lot of things that I need to do better, rather than my opponent,” Camozzi said of facing Souza on just two weeks notice. “But as far as changing stuff, it’s all mental. I’m going in there ready for anything, ready for a war. Jacare’s been around a long time, he’s a great fighter. I’m not expecting to be anything easy. Just preparing myself that this could be a 15 minute war of attrition. I got to be ready for anything and ready to go.”
As far as facing someone as high level as Jacare is, Camozzi knows what he’s up against. But Chris invites the challenge and isn’t shying away from what lies ahead. His hope is a win can propel him into the top ranks of the division.
“I don’t see a lot of weakness for him which is good. Those are the fights I want. I don’t want to fight guys that everybody thinks are pushovers, or weak, or anything. For me to win, I need to go in there and fight the best fight of my life, and put the pressure on him, and push the pace I think.”
“I think I really need to show that I belong here. I know I belong here and this is the opportunity I’ve been asking for. UFC was able to give it to me and I was able to help them as well switching opponents. I know a lot of guys said no to this fight. I think this was a big opportunity for me to step up and take it.”