By Benjamin Bieker
Two fighters on the brink of being contenders at middleweight will go to battle at UFC 158 to hopefully get a shot at a top name in their next fight. Nick “The Promise” Ring takes on Chris Camozzi in a pivotal middleweight matchup for both fighters careers. Both are veterans of the Ultimate Fighter reality show and have had decent success since the ending of their seasons. UFC 158 takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 16th at the Bell Centre. The card is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion GSP and his nemesis Nick Diaz.
Nick Ring was a favorite to win his season of the Ultimate Fighter, but an injury crushed his chances. He injured his ACL again, and he was forced to have a third reconstruction surgery. Nearly a year after his surgery was completed he finally made his UFC debut against Japanese import Riki Fukuda where he won a decision, but no one thought Ring won with most people scoring it for Fukuda. He made sure not to leave any answers in his next fight when he submitted James Head in the third round of their bout, but lost to Tim Boetsch in his next fight.
Ring rematched Court McGee in his next bout which Ring had one the first one on the Ultimate Fighter, but many people thought that McGee had won that bout. This fight was no different with Ring getting the decision, but judges, stats, and fans thinking or showing that McGee had won the fight. Nonetheless, Ring had won three out of four bouts and was supposed to fight Costa Philippou, but getting sick from cutting weight pulled him from the fight.
Now, he faces Camozzi who has come back to the UFC with a vengeance. Camozzi was unceremoniously dropped from the promotion even though he had won two out of three fights. After picking up a win in another organization, he re-signed with the UFC, but he lost his match to Francis Carmont. Probably not wanting to get cut again Camozzi stepped it up in his next three bouts finishing two and taking out the always tough Luiz Cane by decision. Since both are currently 3-1 in their last four bouts it is not out of the realm of possibility for the winner to face a top contender after this fight. So, we will see how that added pressure affects each fighter in this fight.
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