UnderGround Forums Will Campuzano Gives His Side of the Story

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DALLAS, TX, August 20, 2013 – William Campuzano (MMA 12-4; Ranked #16 Fightmatrix, #10 Sherdog, #10/11 ESPN) was the reigning flyweight champion of Legacy Fighting Championship until August 19th 2013. Campuzano and Legacy’s matchmakers could not see eye-to-eye on a suitable opponent for the former WEC and UFC veteran and the fighter and promotion have parted ways amidst some controversy. On August 19th Legacy FC released a statement via their website claiming that Campuzano had vacated his title.

Although both Legacy FC and Will Campuzano agree that they should move forward in different directions, Campuzano is contesting the truth of Legacy’s statement regarding his vacating the flyweight belt before parting ways with the Texas-based promotion. Campuzano claims to have never vacated the Flyweight belt and that Legacy’s matchmakers stripped him of the title after failing to find him suitable competition.

Collin Cantrell, Legacy FC’s matchmaker, noted, “Our goal as an organization is to have the best flyweight in the world as our champion. As we work toward this goal, it is imperative that our champion is willing to defend the title against the top-rated fighters available within our organization. If our champion is unwilling to fight the top contender, then we have no choice but to reset the division and crown a new champion.”

Campuzano took to social media to voice his displeasure and tell his fans that Legacy’s statement had “caught him by surprise” and that “the truth would come out.” Mick Maynard, Legacy FC’s owner and president, explained his promotion’s actions via social media by stating, “Will’s contract was up, we offered him a fight but he declined and told us he wanted to fight elsewhere. We have matching rights but money hadn’t even been talked about and we are not going to pursue that option. We offered the highest ranked flyweight in the world not currently signed to another org. and he declined. I feel we handled it professionally and offered Will the opportunity to become our champion and hopefully have a chance to go to the UFC. From what I understand not only did he become our champ but the UFC made him an offer also. We can’t force someone to fight. Will is one of the best fighters in the world and I hope the best for him. I think we treated him very well and in the end it was really his decision.”

We reached out to Will Campuzano, who claims that Legacy FC’s statement is not true. Campuzano expressed frustration, via phone conversation, noting that the split was because the promotion wasn’t invested in him as their champion and instead his “name recognition was being used to build the careers of young prospects like Alan Nascimento and Jimmy Flick.” When asked for his version of the events Campuzano made the following statement via email:

“I did not give away my belt… It was taken from me. After my last Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) title defense [April 12, 2013] I was left with the question, “What’s next?” or better yet” who is next?” At this point in time I’m on a four-fight win streak with all of my last three opponents being undefeated flyweight prospects (Josh Sampo, Jimmy Flick, Alan Nascimiento). They are all from different regions such as the Midwest, South and Brazil. A simple task you would think and yet five months down the road I still don’t have a fight. I honestly don’t know why when I have practically put together some great match ups on my own accord for Collin Cantrell (Legacy FC’s Match Maker) on a silver platter. I won’t speculate on things I don’t know but I will give you guys the facts.

On May 7, 2013 I reached out to Collin Cantrell and I gave him two names I’d be very interested in fighting: Chad Robochaux (19-2-0), Jeff Curran (34-16-0). Both have had multiple stints in high profile organizations. More importantly both fighters bring name recognition in what still is a young under developed weight class known as “flyweight”. On May 22, 2013 Chad Robochaux and I verbally agree to fight. June 4, 2013 Collin Cantrell messages me and simply says “Robo is out”. There was no explanation.

He then asks me if I would be interested in fighting on their August show which I replied “I’ll pass. My right hand is still out of commission”. It is an injury that occurred during my last title defense which was taking a whole lot longer to heal than I anticipated. So we decided October would be a good date for a return and since the show was in Allen, TX it couldn’t have worked out better.

It’s July now and I still don’t have a matchup. So, then I go ahead and I start a conversation with Jeff Curran. He’s very enthusiastic about it and gives me the green light. July 13, 2013 I call Collin Cantrell and pitch him the match up. He turns it down and says he has an even bigger match up for me. [Damacio Page is dropping to Flyweight]. I won’t lie, I was very intrigued by it. In fact, I really loved the matchup. For those of you who don’t know, Damacio Page handed me my first loss. Yet I’m hesitant because Damacio has never fought at flyweight and at the time he was schedule to fight at a catch weight 130lbs in August. I voiced out my doubts to Collin about Damacio not being able to make it to 125lbs but he was dead set the fight was going to happen.

August 1, 2013 – Damacio doesn’t find a suitable opponent for his August catch weight fight and is pulled off the card. He is now fighting at a catch weight October 11, 2013 for the Legacy main event in Allen, TX. I’m offered a fight against Alp Ozilic (7-0-0) who is a Midwest Prospect.

At this point I’m confused as to why Legacy Fighting Championship isn’t bringing me the biggest name/matchup they can get? I expressed to Collin Cantrell that maybe he can help me find the big name fight I want even if it’s not through Legacy. He declines of course and maybe because I reached out too far.

As it is, I’m a free agent right now and in talks with a few managers and fight promotions. Since the word is out, last Monday Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) did in fact make me an offer but it was a short notice fight which I declined because I’ve only had a week of my right hand being healed for contact training (hitting Mitts, bag work, sparring etc.) Lack of preparation makes people look like fools and I’ve been a fool before.

I know what I want and I know what I deserve. I am the number one flyweight outside of the UFC and I only wish Legacy Fighting treated me like so.

Vacate: v. To cease to occupy or hold; give up.

Strip: v. To take away or remove.”

529529_10151548910359293_1937060697_nWe asked Mick Maynard to respond to Campuzano’s claims;

“I would say the highest ranking flyweight in the world available IS the biggest name/matchup [and] we offered it. He declined and is supposedly fighting some fella in Japan [Hideo Tokoro] ranked number 50 or something.” Maynard also noted “We offered Alp [Alp
8/21/13 1:50 PM
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Maynard also noted "We offered Alp [Alptekin Ozkilic] first, not last...We have taken very good care of Will and it's disappointing but I wish him luck. Please take a moment and look at fightmatrix.com rankings also and tell me which matchup should have happened? Who on that list is a big name and is not in the UFC? [Fightmetric currently ranks Opzilic #8 and Campuzano #16] Chad Robichaux isn't even in the rankings. Collin even called Will last night to make sure this is what he really wanted. This whole thing is really weird. That said Collin still tried to make every matchup he requested

1. Jeff Curran was already signed to RFA 2. Chad didnt deserve a title shot and he isnt a big name but we still tried to make it happen for Will but it couldnt be worked out. Chad is now with another org. 3. I cant speak for Damacio but usually fighters arent huge on rematches in general. What does he stand to gain unless it was for the strap? Getting to 125 for the first time was a recipe for disaster."

Legacy FC is one of the top five MMA promotions in the world. The Houston-based outfit is known for focusing on local talent and puts on amateur and professional MMA cards throughout the state of Texas, and their events are broadcasted by AXS TV.
8/21/13 1:55 PM
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Who has Alp ranked 8th in the world?  WTF? 

8/21/13 1:56 PM
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Wonder who the ufc wanted him to fight. Phone Post
8/21/13 2:21 PM
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8/21/13 2:24 PM
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JoeMimic - Wonder who the ufc wanted him to fight. Phone Post
Probably Hugo Viana in Brazil. Wilson Reis took the fight. Phone Post
8/21/13 2:28 PM
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Fight Matrix rankings are terrible.

Fun Size dropped to 125, fought Ledesma who is ranked 43rd and that gets Makovsky the number 4 ranking in the world.

He is above Creepy, Dodson and Moraga.  How is that possible? 

8/21/13 2:32 PM
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Alp is a very bad man. Look up his wrestling credentials and some of his fights. I might be biased as I know Alp personally but he's a very hard worker and the thing is most guys near Alps ranking will fight him. He put a beat down on Antonio. Phone Post
8/21/13 2:34 PM
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Fight Matrix has Sampo(3) and Ozkillic(7) in the top 10. Sampo and Camp. Had an awesome fight. Sampo dominated the whole fight until he caught a flying knee at the end of the 3rd. Alp has been trying to fight Will now for some time, to no avail! Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 2:35 PM
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Fightmatrix uses an incomplete algorithm so they have crazy shit some times.

With that being said Will wants in the UFC he knows Alp is a dangerous fight that lacks name recognition....he also doesn't want to fight Sampo again unless its in the UFC. I bring Sampo up with Alp because they are teammates and both would fight Will. I am sure Will takes the fights in the UFC but he doesn't want either outside.
8/21/13 2:37 PM
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Tough shit, sit on the shelf then. A lot of guys who deserve the call are waiting. Just killing your stock by not competing. Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 2:38 PM
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JoeMimic - Wonder who the ufc wanted him to fight. Phone Post
Interesting. Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 3:08 PM
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Kid is a stud and a killer! Fucking Killer!

Todd Lally
8/21/13 9:11 PM
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I think it may have been against scoggins
8/21/13 9:17 PM
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If Campuzano doesn't want the belt then Alp has earned his shot at it. That is...if anyone has the balls to fight him.

8/21/13 9:19 PM
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And there's no doubt Sampo The Gremlin has earned his shot in the UFC after his wins over Villa in CFA and Banuelos in Legacy

8/21/13 9:44 PM
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Why has Patino not defended either of his Legacy belts for so long? Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 9:56 PM
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He defended in march and is fighting again this November Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 9:57 PM
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I think he prefers to stay at 155 but is willing to fight at either weight. Macaco is competitor Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 9:59 PM
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Alp is the real deal. Say what you want about Banuelos but Sampo and De Freitas couldn't finish him. Alp did in the first round. Phone Post 3.0
8/21/13 10:00 PM
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Alps a beast i can understand why campuzano wouldnt fight him...his wrestling is waaaayyy better,,,... but truthfully a title holder cant duck the next best challenger

Robichaux has a dubious record...he has fought cans and its arguable if he actually fought some of them as he was the promotor... why the hell would campuzano want an unrated guy known for fighting cans who people are disputing his record... easy win maybe

8/21/13 10:13 PM
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Definitely siding with mick and legacy Phone Post
8/21/13 10:20 PM
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caseharts - Definitely siding with mick and legacy Phone Post
Yup. Phone Post 3.0
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NFABeeJay - 
caseharts - Definitely siding with mick and legacy Phone Post
Yup. Phone Post 3.0


8/21/13 10:47 PM
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mick713 - He defended in march and is fighting again this November Phone Post 3.0
Thanks Mick, love Legacy and keep up the good work. Phone Post 3.0