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One to Watch: Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi

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Yes, that’s right, there’s another UFC show coming your way. On August 6th, the UFC heads to the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the promotion’s first visit to the state.

It’s a belated debut in Utah, as UFC Live: Jones vs. Matushenko was meant to take place in Salt Lake City on August 2010 before it was moved to San Diego, California, due to poor ticket sales.

It’s times like these when a small section of MMA fans say the UFC has over-saturated its own product with a string of events coming one after the other following international fight week. In fact, Saturday will see the seventh UFC event materialise in the space of a month. But, the UFC has done well to keep some interesting and meaningful fights throughout all those fight cards in that time.

UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres (otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 92) has a number of fascinating fights such as the headliner featuring the ever-exciting Yair Rodriguez taking on the beloved Bruce Leeroy (aka Alex Caceres), Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason and Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.

However, this week’s One to Watch is the middleweight clash between Thales Leites and Chris Camozzi.

The two men in question are the perfect example of how a quick detour away from the UFC roster can do wonders for your career when you return to the promotion.

Leites enjoyed a real resurgence in his career upon returning to the UFC fold in 2013. The middleweight fought for his division’s title against Anderson Silva back in 2009. He wasn’t the most popular candidate as a title contender and after an uninspiring unanimous decision loss to Silva, followed by a split decision loss against Italian Alessio Sakara, Leites was cut from the promotion.

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Source:: fightland.vice.com