UFC Middleweight Chris Camozzi was dominated by Nick Catone for two rounds but came back in the third to beat up Catone bad enough to force a cut stoppage at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.
The two UFC middleweights came out trading sharp fists early but it wasn't sloppy or out of hand. Catone finally tried to get a double leg but Camozzi fended him off. Catone nicked Camozzi with a wild right hand but Camozzi answered with a knee to the face that just missed hurting Catone. They traded outside leg kicks before Catone hurt Camozzi with a strike but couldn't get Camozzi out. Catone finally got in deep on a single leg, ran the pipe and got Camozzi down. Catone landed some sharp elbows then got distance and landed some bombing right hands.
Catone ate a combination early in the second but Catone was firing back. Catone drew cheers with a hard right hand. Camozzi, undaunted, kept coming forward. Camozzi outlanded Catone in a couple of exchanges before Catone forced Camozzi back into the cage. They separated and Camozzi caught Caton in a headlock and fed him a standing knee. Catone shot in again, worked a single and took Camozzi down. Camozzi worked a good guard and prevented Catone landing too much.
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Camozzi landed some combination punches and followed with a knee to the jaw. A couple of elbows had Catone pouring blood from a cut above his eye. Catone shot to no avail. Camozzi then ate a hard right hand but he kept coming. Catone shot and Camozzi sprawled. Catone wiped blood from his eyes and Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight for a doctor's examination of Catone. The doctor quickly stopped the fight.
From Fraser Coffeen's primer on the fight:
Nick Catone (9-2; 3-2 UFC) made his UFC debut in 2009 after a successful start to his career in New Jersey's Ring of Combat promotion. The Ricardo Almeida trainee has had a bit of a tough time in the UFC, as he has dealt with a series of injuries and bout cancellations that have kept him largely inactive. This will just be his 3rd fight since 2009. He's coming off a very good win over Constantinos Philippou at UFC 128, but that was over a year ago. Chris Camozzi (16-5; 4-2 UFC) came to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter, where he was forced out of season 11 due to injury. He's had mixed success in the UFC, but holds wins over Dongi Yang and Joey Villasenor.