Chris Camozzi has joined the GLORY Kickboxing middleweight division.
The Denver, Colorado native has signed a multi-fight deal and is provisionally scheduled for a December debut, with an opponent yet to be confirmed.
Camozzi, a training partner of fellow GLORY middleweight Dustin Jacoby, is well known to fans of Mixed Martial Arts, having fought 19 of his past 22 bouts under the UFC banner.
He debuted for the UFC in 2010 and spent most of the last seven years with the organization. He and Jacoby became training partners after fighting each other on a 2012 UFC on FOX card.
Despite holding a brown belt in the grappling art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Camozzi considers himself a striking specialist first and has watched Jacoby’s endeavors in the GLORY ring with interest. Of his 24 career victories under professional MMA rules he has 14 inside the distance, seven of which are by KO or TKO.
Camozzi appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday afternoon to announce his signing with GLORY. He told host Ariel Helwani that he was “excited” to start his kickboxing career.
“I’ve always been a big fan of GLORY Kickboxing and I’ve been to a ton of their shows,” he said. “I love [kickboxing], I’ve been doing it 13 or 14 years now. It’s just time to try it out. GLORY wasn't around when I first started, so there wasn't the option [to kickbox professionally].
“The CEO Jon Franklin lives right here in Denver so I have met him several times and my team mate Dustin Jacoby also fights for GLORY so I’ve cornered him several times. I just got know everyone there over the last couple of years; they are all good people, it’s a great organization and they have some real killers over there.”
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin welcomed Camozzi to the organization.
“We are super excited to have Chris Camozzi on the GLORY roster. His dynamic style and his great stand-up game will be tested to the max here at GLORY. I personally extend my best wishes to Chris as he begins his journey with us,” he said today.
GLORY’s next event takes place Friday, August 25 as the organization returns to the Sears Center for GLORY 44 CHICAGO, headlined by welterweight champion Cedric Doumbé defending his title against Murthel Groenhart.