WEC 49 Interview: Will Campuzano Looks to Beat Down Eddie Wineland

Kevin SampsonCorrespondent IIIJune 19, 2010

This Sunday at WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus, Will Campuzano is gets a chance to hit the fast forward button on his mixed martial arts career.

 

Campuzano was originally set to face Rafael Rebello at WEC 49.  Rafael is currently ranked 80th in the world.

 

Opportunity knocked when Charlie Valencia was injured, leaving the number eight Bantamweight in the world and former WEC Champion Eddie Wineland without a dance partner for the WEC 49 show.

 

Campuzano found his way into the world of mixed martial arts while attending college.

 

"I used to fight a lot, like out on the street.  [Later on] when I was in college and I still didn’t feel right, you know like there was still something missing. I took a Tae Kwon Do course where I met Todd Seabourne. He fought a lot when he was younger. I used to sit with him for hours. He would go over it in detail, over all of his fights. It just never got old to me,” he explained.

“He introduced me to Marcus Lanier who was a professional MMA fighter. He was looking for training partners. He had just opened up his own school in Mount Pleasant.  And that got me into MMA."

 

Will, would eventually find his way into Mohler Mixed Martial Arts the gym he fights out of today, where he was awarded a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

"I don’t do Gi, so I won’t get anything higher than a blue belt."

With that being said, Will Campuzano has a very complete skill set, but it is his striking skills that make him really fun to watch.

 

"I’m a natural fighter. I’m natural at working hard and working out and training. It’s tough for me, I don’t always know where I should be, I’m constantly overtraining, you know. Striking is very natural for me and I know how to make things work."

Will's WEC career got off to a rough start when he came in as a last minute replacement for an injured Akitoshi Tamura at WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson.  Will made his WEC debut against the seventh best Bantamweight in the world Damacio Page on just 11 days notice. Damacio won the fight by rear naked choke 62 seconds into the fight, handing Campuzano his first and only career loss.

Campuzano's debut was both a blessing and a curse. 

 

Going in against one of the world's elite Bantamweights with only 11 days to prepare is tough.  On the other hand, it got him into the WEC and the best Bantamweight division on the planet.

 

When asked how much of a change it was coming to the WEC, Campuzano explained.

 

"Big change. They treat you like a rock star."

Will quickly turned things around in his next fight against Coty "Ox" Wheeler, putting in an absolutely dominant performance and earning Fight of the Night honors at WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend taking a look: Will Campuzano vs Coty "Ox" Wheeler.  It was an amazing fight.

 

"I’d say when I fought that I was like 60%. My labrum was torn in my left shoulder so I couldn’t use my hand a lot. My shins were really bruised, I couldn’t really kick a lot or use my kickboxing. I had to make up for that. Just light on the left hand, heavy on my right hand and knees instead of kicks."

When asked if he was disappointed that he was unable to drop Ox Wheeler in spite of the barrage of heavy strikes he landed on his opponent.

 

"Well, I didn’t hit him flush with my right hand. I’m [usually] really heavy on my right hand. I just couldn’t set up because my back wasn’t arched. I wood chopped, I just kinda picked at him,” Will said.

“I just couldn’t set up anything. I usually use my leg kick to set up my hands. I just couldn’t do much. Honestly, I think if I’d had my left hand, I think I’d have knocked him out. I just couldn’t set up my shot. All I was throwing was my right hand."

 

Campuzano at 60% put an MMA clinic on "Ox" Wheeler, making a mess of the MMA veteran's face, and winning every single round. He threw more flying knees than I think I've ever seen in a fight. The astounding thing was, he landed every single one of them.

 

It seems that we've yet to see the best of Will Campuzano. Will informed me that he's at 100% for his fight against Wineland this coming Sunday. I asked him for his thoughts on his opponent.

 

"He’s a pretty solid dude. He understands boxing, moving in and out.  He’s pretty good at some things. I’m gonna try to jump on him on the some little things I see. He’s heavy on his right hand as well. I think it should be a very interesting match up."

Eddie Wineland is coming off of a victory over The Ultimate Fighter 8 cast member George Roop.

 

"Yeah George Roop was a sloppy, sloppy fighter [in that fight].  It’s not going to be the same fight at all."

There is no doubt about it, if Will Campuzano can beat Eddie Wineland, his stock as an MMA fighter will skyrocket. This is a huge opportunity and Will Campuzano intends to make the most of it. It should be an amazing fight!

 

 

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