UFC middleweight, Chris Camozzi: Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
A UFC newcomer and three young prospects looking to get back in the win column are part of a pair of matchups that have been added to two UFC cards in January: Bantamweights Nick Denis and Joseph Sandoval will square off at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville, and middleweights Chris Camozzi and Dustin Jacoby will throw down the following week at UFC on Fox 2. The UFC announced both bouts via Twitter this afternoon:
Sandoval/Nick Denis at FX. Plus Jacoby/Camozzi join middleweight mayhem at UFC on FOX 2 in Chicago.
Nick Denis's signing was reported last week and now the "Ninja of Love", fresh off a dramatic KO-via-suplex victory against Nick Mamalis is set to make his debut against Texas native, Joseph Sandoval who made his own UFC debut just two months ago. Sandoval suffered a quick TKO in that fight against Walel Watson, the first loss of his career, and now he'll have to avoid the KO power of Denis in Nashville.
Camozzi, who competed on the 11th season of TUF, found himself with a second chance at UFC success when he was booked to face Francis Carmont at UFC 137, after being released by the promotion at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately for Camozzi, Carmont came away with the victory via decision, but the UFC brass apparently though Camozzi's performance was solid enough for him to get another fight. Jacoby also made his debut on the UFC 137 card, taking on another UFC rookie in Clifford Starks, and although Starks came away with the win, the bout was fairly evenly-matched, and so Jacoby gets another chance to make a case for his roster spot.