A TUF 11 veteran will be returning to the promotion after defeating a respected veteran (barely) in a regional bout. He will meet a French fighter who has looked quite impressive since he returned from a year out of the sport. Chris Camozzi (15-4, 2-1 UFC) will meet Francis Carmont (16-7, 0-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC 137.
Neither fighter is currently ranked at middleweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings. It would take a nice run of wins before either would even be considered for the list, to be honest. This middleweight UFC 137 fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Camozzi: 24 years old | 6'3" | 75.5" reach
Carmont: 30 years old | 6'3" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Camozzi: W - Joey Villasenor (SD) | L - Kyle Noke (SUB) | W - Dongi Yang (SD)
Carmont: W - Jason Day (TKO) | W - Kelly Anundson (SUB) | W - Simon Carlsen (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Chris "Kamikaze" Camozzi had 15 pro fights, including a stint in the MFC, before he was selected for season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. He won his prelim fight, but had his jaw broken in the process and that saw him leave the show early. He picked up a win at the TUF 11 Finale, then defeated Dongi Yang by super-close split decision at UFC 121. He was then submitted quickly by Kyle Noke at UFC 127, and inexplicably released from the promotion. He earned his way back in with a split-decision win over Joey Villasenor at Shark Fights 15 that was initially ruled a draw, but the scores were read wrong. He'll look to stay with the promotion for a longer stint this time by defeating Carmont.
Francis "Limitless" Carmont is a native of France that made his name in Europe as a talented-but-inconsistent light-heavyweight. He trains at Tri-Star Gym and is a teammate of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. He is currently on a five-fight winning streak, and finished all five of those opponents. In fact, he's finished 14 of his 16 victories. This will be his middleweight debut.
Why should you care?
Both of these guys are surprisingly well-rounded, but I expect a slugfest on the feet here. Both are very tough to finish with strikes, so it could be quite the battle.
More UFC 137 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
UFC 137 Weigh In Video: BJ Penn and Nick Diaz Almost Come To Blows - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137 Penn vs Diaz: Staff Predictions
UFC 137 Weigh-In Video and Results - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran Dissection - Dallas Winston
Judo Chop: B.J. Penn's Back Control - Ben Thapa
UFC 137: The Sober Reality of Nick Diaz's Continued Presence in MMA - Leland Roling
UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 2 - Matthew Roth
Judo Chop: Nick Diaz's Ground Game - Ben Thapa
UFC 137: George Roop vs. Hatsu Hioki Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137 Striking Breakdown: Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Press Conference Recap: Jon Anik to Broadcast Booth, UFC on Fox Undercard on Facebook and Fox.com - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Video: B.J. Penn Challenges Cesar Gracie, Admits to Being 'Hookwinked' By Him - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Roy Nelson 'I'd Have to Cut Off A Leg To Make 205' - Matthew Roth
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 92: UFC 137 Preview - Matt Bishop
UFC 137 Video: Nick Diaz Goes In-Depth About Press Conference Fiasco, Not Loving Fighting - Tim Burke
UFC 137: The Card That Could Have Been and the PPV Repercussions - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Video: B.J. Penn Talks Fighting Nick Diaz and Future Title Shots - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: B.J. Penn Explains Lack of Hype for Nick Diaz Fight - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Nick Diaz Wishes He'd Stuck to Boxing Plans - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: George Roop Discusses Bout With Hatsu Hioki, Death of Shawn Tompkins - Tim Burke
UFC 137 Video: Danny Downes Fighter Diary In Preparation for Ramsey Nijem - Anton Tabuena
UFC 137: Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Betting Lines - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Countdown Video - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Matt Mitrione's Rapid Rise the Exception, Not the Rule - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Roundtable: Analyzing Nick Diaz's Chances Against B.J. Penn
UFC 137: Nick Diaz Discusses Looking Up to B.J. Penn, Gameplanning - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Breaking Down the Striking of Matt Mitrione - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137: B.J. Penn Not Offended By Nick Diaz At All - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Best Bets for Fight of the Night - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Donald Cerrone's Unlikely Run May Land Him in Title Contention - Leland Roling
UFC 137: Facebook Card Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 1 - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Cesar Gracie - If Nick Diaz Finishes B.J. Penn, He Should Get GSP Next - Tim Burke