Chico Camus had a successful UFC debut, defeating game opponent Dustin Pague by unanimous decision (29-28x2, 30-27).
It was an entertaining bout and primarily took place on the canvas. Camus took Pague to the ground in the first—a smart move given his significant reach disadvantage—but found himself in trouble with Pague's guard. Pague was able to lock up a triangle, and although he couldn't finish the choke, used the position to land some nice elbows.
Eventually, Pague let go of the choke and transitioned to an omoplata. It was one of those rare occasions we see a fighter win a round from the bottom.
The next two rounds had their ups and downs, but the overall theme was Camus spending the most time in top position, which was enough to earn himself the decision.
What We'll Remember about This Fight:
The near finishes.
Pague almost finished the fight in the first round with a triangle choke, and Camus almost finished it in the third with a rear-naked choke.
What We Learned about Camus:
He belongs in the UFC.
Despite being the smaller fighter, he put on an excellent performance and decisively won the fight. Welcome to the UFC, Chico.
What We Learned about Pague:
He's fun to watch, but the UFC might not be the place for him. With the loss at UFC 150, Pague is now 1-3 since joining the promotion.
What's Next for Camus:
Someone else coming off a win. Hugo Viana or Johnny Bedford would make sense.
What's Next for Pague:
There's a pretty good chance the UFC will drop him after tonight, as he currently has the worst UFC record out of anyone in his division. If they keep him around, he'll face someone else also on the hot seat.