Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of RFA 43: Camozzi vs. Barnes this Friday, Sept. 9 from 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. The entire main card will be televised live in Canada and 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
In addition, Fight Network will air extensive pre and post-fight coverage for UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem, including the live weigh-ins on Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. ET and the live post-fight press conference on Sunday, Sept. 11 at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET. Check listings for all airings of Fight Network’s original UFC 203 Pre-Show, an encore presentation of UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic, as well as the official UFC 203 Countdown Show and the four-part UFC docu-series THE EVOLUTION OF PUNK, chronicling former WWE superstar CM Punk’s journey from the wrestling ring to the UFC.
The main event of RFA 43 will feature a battle for the vacant RFA welterweight title as Brian “The Mantis” Camozzi (6-2) will look to keep the title in Colorado when he takes on Nick “The Phoenix” Barnes (11-1).
In other action, red-hot middleweight Adam Stroup (10-3) looks to put himself into title contention with a win over former two-title RFA title challenger Gabriel “Zangief” Checco (9-2), Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon (5-0) looks to keep his unblemished record in tact against Colorado’s own Zac “The Anointed Warrior” Riley (4-3) in a featured bantamweight bout, plus Cory Sandhagen (4-0) meets Clay Wimer (6-1) and Josh Wick (5-2) faces Jonathan Wyderko (2-0) in a pair of featherweight contests, while light heavyweight prospect Alonzo Menifield (1-0) pursues his second professional victory against Brock Combs (2-1)
Camozzi (6-2), the younger brother of UFC star Chris Camozzi, was quick to let the world know that there are two world-class fighters in the family when he made his RFA debut in January. “The Mantis” became the first man to finish Tyler Milner and he did so in 80 seconds at RFA 34. Camozzi then kicked off the main card of one of the most stacked cards of the year in April. Camozzi proceeded to showcase his dynamic striking prowess with UFC president Dana White sitting cageside at RFA 37. Camozzi knocked out Kenn Glenn with a flying knee that made White, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, and current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler jump to their feet in excitement. Camozzi now returns home to Colorado looking for championship gold.
Barnes (11-1) will be the man looking to spoil Camozzi’s homecoming party. “The Phoenix” rose to the top of the RFA welterweight division last month with a dominant Unanimous Decision victory over dangerous submission specialist Jose Diaz at RFA 38. Barnes is a resident of southern California, but he will be returning home to the Rocky Mountain region as he is a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming. UFC President Dana White was also sitting cageside for Barnes’ last fight, which gives him firsthand knowledge on the skills that both men will be bringing to this title fight. It is safe to say that this bout will be monitored closely by influential people with added interest in September.
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