Injuries No Big Deal for Camozzi

By Frank Curreri

Sometimes a man is faced with only two choices, neither of them good. That was the case for Chris Camozzi last year when he reluctantly consulted a doctor about extreme pain in his jaw and an inability to chew on anything.

The doc gave the pro fighter two options: A) No solid foods or chewing for six weeks or B) get your jaw wired shut for even longer.

“I chose not to chew anything,” said the 24-year-old middleweight, who is slated to clash with Kyle Noke on the main card of UFC 127 later this month in Sydney, Australia. Noke (18-4-1) is an Australian who once served as a bodyguard for the late Steve Irwin, best known as the “Crocodile Hunter.”

Camozzi’s broken jaw ordeal is a testament to his extraordinary toughness and will to win. The Coloradan suffered the injury during a preliminary bout against Victor O’Donnell on The Ultimate Fighter 11 last year. At stake: a chance to become one of 16 fighters to get into the house and compete for a six-figure UFC contract.  Early in the first round, during a ferocious back-and-forth slugfest, O’Donnell landed a potent right cross to Camozzi’s chin.

“I felt a loud pop in my ears,” Camozzi said. “But you’ve got to fight through things. It was nothing that would stop me from finishing.”

 

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