Welcome to CagedInsider’s UFC 213 coverage. In case you don’t know, this pay-per-view card was supposed to look a lot different. But then Cody Garbrandt got injured, Donald Cerrone suffered a blood infection, and – at the last minute – headliner Amanda Nunes was hospitalized from her weight cut – and now we as a main event Robert Whittaker versus Yoel Romero. That’s a hell of a drop off, but whatever.
First up: Chad Laprise and Brian Camozzi in the prelims.
Laprise won an early season in international TUF, and has done somewhat okay in the Octagon since. Brian is the younger brother of Chris Camozzi, but he’s only fought in the UFC before and lost, so he’s got a ways to go.
They start off showing their willingness to strike, with Laprise pegging Camozzi with a right a few times and Camozzi whipping out kicks. But in no time it seems like Laprise is edging ahead, both in terms of landing success and damage inflicted, in to put an exclamation point on the round, he sweeps Camozzi and dumps him on his butt.
Laprise’s constant movement forced Camozzi to come forward more than he should, with that right hand penetrating Camozzi’s defenses until he eases off the pursuit and lets Laprise fire first a little more. That’s the story of Round 2, and it makes it a close one.
Round 3 opens with Camozzi putting his jab out there and Laprise stepping in and carving a chunk out of his opponent’s liver with a body blow. Camozzi crumbles, and can do nothing but absorb punishment until the ref steps in.
Results: Chad Laprise def. Brian Camozzi via TKO (Punches) at 1:27, R3