(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.