Chris Camozzi’s MMA resume is quite impressive.
His body of work includes a 20-fight tenure in the UFC. His pro MMA record of 27-15 is comprised of eight submissions and seven wins by knockout. The Lakewood, CO product has showcased his skills as a professional in six different countries around the world.
One thing that evaded him in the cage, however, is a UFC championship.
Camozzi signed with the UFC in 2010 as a fresh-faced, 21-year-old kid. Although he had 15 pro fights under his belt at the time, Camozzi partly regrets joining the UFC “too early.”
“I kind of grew up in the UFC, when you think about it,” Camozzi says when reflecting on his previous career in MMA. “Looking back, I wasn’t able to string together a lot of solid wins, and I attribute a lot of that to maturity.”
Camozzi has grown immensely as a fighter and person since his big break on The Ultimate Fighter 11. He’s looked nothing short of polished and extraordinary in his first two trips to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Squared Circle.
Since joining BKFC in 2022, Camozzi is 2-0 with a pair of first-round finishes. He’s preparing for his BKFC 50 Main Event showdown with Lorenzo “The Juggernaut” Hunt (10-1) at 1stBank Center in Denver on Sept. 22, LIVE on The BKFC App.
Hunt is arguably the most accomplished BKFC fighter of all time. He’s No. 2 on the BKFC Pound-for-Pound rankings and the title holder in both the BKFC Cruiserweight Division and BKFC Light-Heavyweight Division. Camozzi will be challenging Hunt for the BKFC World Cruiserweight Championship.
It’s possible a younger Camozzi would be distracted by the aura of such a talented and dangerous opponent. It’s possible a younger Camozzi wouldn’t have the ability and team in place to properly prepare for such a monumental task. But after nearly two decades of professional fighting, the battle-tested Camozzi is ready for anything in the Squared Circle.
“I’m 17 years into my career and I can’t yet say I’m a World Champion, but winning that BKFC title checks that box on a career-long goal,” Camozzi says. “Winning the belt means more to me than anything. I don’t want to be cheesy, but I am willing to die in there – that’s how bad I want it.”