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Exclusive: Dongi Yang vs. Chris Camozzi Added to UFC 121


(Yang vs. Nastula @ Sengoku 4, 8/24/08)

By CagePotato contributor Dallas Winston

CagePotato.com has learned that new UFC signee Dongi Yang, a.k.a. “The Ox”, will face Chris Camozzi at UFC 121 on October 23rd in Anaheim, CA. [Ed. note: "Dongi" is not a typo. Despite being previously listed as Dong Yi Yang, we're told that Dongi is the correct spelling of his name.]

Thus far, Yang has been a complete wrecking machine overseas, with an aggressive style eerily reminiscent of his Korean Top Team training partner Chan Sung Jung. He’s finished all nine of the fights on his flawless record by way of the crushing power in his heavy hands save for one submission (a triangle choke in his pro debut against Hyung Kyo Lee) and one TKO-via-exhaustion over former PRIDE fighter and standout judoka Pawel Nastula.


A former heavyweight, the Ox will make both his Octagon and middleweight debut at UFC 121 against Camozzi, who was forced off the latest edition of The Ultimate Fighter for a broken jaw sustained during his qualifier fight, a decision win over Victor O’Donnell. Camozzi returned at the TUF 11 Finale, where he beat James Hammortree by commanding decision. At 13-3, notable opponents for Camozzi include losses to previous TUF cast members Jesse Taylor and Jesse Forbes.

UFC 121 will be headlined by the heavyweight title bout between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor and Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen have also been announced, and Strikeforce crossover Jake Shields is rumored to square off with Martin Kampmann.

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Jack Bauer- July 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm
Uh, from the build up in the article about being a wrecking machine and having crushing power, the video fight seems entirely absent of either. He mangles the poor guy's balls in R1, and nearly gets armbarred in R2. The guy is an undisciplined striker, has poor footwork, and questionable submission awareness. What the hell even happened in that fight? Nastula seems confused at the referee stoppage. Are there rules oversees concerning TKOs by "exhaustion", or do they just play it by ear? I'll have to see more of his fights before I completely condemn him as another Japanese one-and-done UFC appearance.

EDIT: Yeah, sorry, I know he's Korean, I just had the fact that he fights in Japanese promotions in my head as I wrote that. But lets be honest, the three MMA origin categories are basically Asia (mainly Japan), North America (mainly USA), and Brazil. You know what I was getting at with the last sentence.
Dick_Gozenya- July 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Although I would obviously do it better, I give Joe Silva a little credit for finding prospects and making good matches. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
DazedNConfused- July 20, 2010 at 11:09 am
lol @ hardcore bowling.
The fight wasn't the best showing of his skills, but i'm still excited to see him in the octagon. Always welcome to see heavy handed undefeated fighters.
Leonard Washington- July 20, 2010 at 9:43 am
@Jack Bauer- you are correct in that the Nastula fight does not accurately portray my description nor the way The Ox has beaten the rest of his opponents. The problem is that's really the only available fight video of him online.

Please keep in mind that is just one fight (against his toughest opponent) out of nine. I'm checking with his manager to see if there's anything else available to post.

@KermitDfrog- No, I didn't watch the video, as I don't really follow MMA. I'm more of a hardcore bowling fan.
KrmtDfrog- July 20, 2010 at 9:08 am
Did Winston even watch the video? This is a joke, right? "Exhaustion" = "my nuts hurt, can i get more time" *DINGDGINDING* "WTF I JUST WANTED A SEC CUZ MY NUTS HURT"
PunchesInBunches- July 20, 2010 at 8:48 am
Yeah, terrible video to pair with that article.
rockhuddy- July 20, 2010 at 8:36 am
What happened? The white guy was winning.
Almost North- July 20, 2010 at 7:23 am
You lose a lot of credibility when you can't tell the difference between Korea and Japan.
iDestroy- July 20, 2010 at 7:17 am
@Jack Bauer

Hey, let's not forget the last "Japanese" guy that came over from Korea and put on a very good showing against Leonard Garcia.
Booze n Brawl- July 20, 2010 at 6:59 am
I expect lesnar to beat cain by flying armbar
KarmaAteMyCat- July 20, 2010 at 6:22 am
First. I hope he wrecks people to I want some knockouts.
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