UFC 213 Romero vs. Whittaker took place Saaturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada where Chad Laprise met Brian Camozzi in a three round contest and third fight of the night of the preliminary card on FOX Sports 1.
Tristar fighter and former TUF: Nations winner Chad Laprise entered the cage at UFC 213 coming off a swift TKO victory over Thibault Gouti at UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit despite missing weight. On Saturday, Laprise came in on weight and looking for the victory over Camozzi.
Former RFA champiom Brian Camozzi looked to return to the cage at the event in a bout after dropping his UFC debut fight to Randy Brown by TKO in the second round when the two met at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov.
The first round saw both fighters come out looking a little tentative, with Laprise showing plenty of movement and tagging Camozzi with an overhead right that he followed by a leg kick. Camozzi fired back with a few leg kicks of his own. Laprise answered with a flurry of punches and some right hands. Camozzi landed his own right in response and started to pressure Laprise. Camozzi’s leg was starting to show the effects of those Laprise leg kicks. Close to the end of the round Laprise caught a Camozzi leg kick and countered with his own, which sent Camozzi to the ground. Laprise was quick to follow in to end the round.
Both fighters came out quickly in round two, where we saw Camozzi again trying to pressure Laprise. Laprise answered with a few body shots and Camozzi answered back with both body and high kicks. Camozzi started to cut the cage off on Laprise and began landing more shots until Laprise started to pressure Camozzi to end the round.
The third saw Camozzi go back to pressing the fight and utilizing his range until Laprise landed a devastating body shot to the liver. That sent Camozzi retreating back into the cage. Laprise followed with a flurry of body shots, adding a knee that sent Camozzi to the mat. Laprise pounced on his downed opponent, firing shots until the ref had no choice but to stop the fight.
Afterwards, Laprise called for a fight at UFC 215 in Edmonton against Mickey Gall.
Chad Laprise def. Brian Camozzi by TKO, Round 3, 1:27