Chris Camozzi may have thought he was snubbed after being released following a 2-1 UFC stint, but in his return on Saturday at UFC 137, Camozzi certainly didn't make a case for himself.
Camozzi's release was indeed curious. He won his first two fights, then was suddenly given his walking papers after a submission loss to Kyle Noke in February.
At the time, the UFC claimed it was because of the integration of the WEC and UFC and the taking on of Strikeforce, which put spots at a premium.
Fair enough, but Camozzi had no excuse for how thoroughly he was dominated against Francis Carmont on Saturday night.
Camozzi was persistent, I'll give him that. This wasn't a lack of effort on his part. It's just that he was simply outclassed.
Carmont, who trains with Georges St-Pierre, was making his UFC debut after a 16-7 start in MMA, but he looked much more ready than Camozzi to take the next step.
Carmont held off a surging Camozzi in the first round and the beginning of the second round, then adeptly swung the fight into his favor when he landed some heavy knees with 2:15 remaining in the second.
He followed up with a strong uppercut and a swift left hook that dropped Camozzi toward the end of the second round.
Carmont went on to win convincingly via decision, 30-26, 30-27, 30-27.
Camozzi vowed to take Saturday's fight seriously after getting released from the Octagon, and he appeared to do just that.
The only problem was, he ran into a better opponent in Carmont, and no amount of determination could save him. You can have all the heart and focus in the world, but if you aren't good enough, none of that matters.
Camozzi showed in his first two UFC fights that he belonged, but he's going to have to be much better if he expects to solidify himself in the UFC for good.