There is one common denominator between all great MMA fighters: they all have a great team behind them.

A fighter is nothing without a good coach and a solid team of fighters to help them train and improve. Most fighters will tell you that without this support system, they will not be able to do what they do, and Chico Camus is quick to point out that none of his success would be possible without his teammates.

“I have a great team and training partners. I train with a guy, Dustin Ortiz, a guy that nobody has heard of, but he gives me all I can handle every day. Training with guys like Anthony and Sergio Pettis and Erik Koch and the rest of the guys at Roufusport pushes me every day to get better,” Camus told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview.

Camus (top) (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

At UFC 156 on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Camus will take on undefeated UFC newcomer Dustin Kimura in what has the potential to be one of the best fights of the night. Kimura, a jiu-jitsu fighter, will look to get this fight to the ground and work for a submission, a game plan that Camus is more than ready for.

“Dustin is a tough fighter, but he has never fought anybody as tough as me,” Camus insisted. “He has great jiu-jitsu and I like to stand and strike, but I am no slouch when it comes to the ground. I train with tougher fighters than Kimura in practice every day. Sergio Pettis is probably the toughest 135er that is not in the UFC, plus all of the other underground fighters that we have at Roufusport that the world has never heard of; I am more than ready to go where needed to get this victory.”

Camus is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, and going into this fight, getting the win is his most important objective. But Camus doesn’t feel any pressure.

“The pressure is on Dustin. He is the one who is undefeated. He is the one that is making his UFC debut. He is the one with all the hype. He is the one who is stepping up in competition, stepping up to fighting guys at the caliber of the UFC,” Camus said. “He is going to have to prove that he is ready to be in the UFC. I have been here before. I know what it feels like to be here. The nerves are still going to be there, but I have been through it all before and he has not. ”

Camus took this fight on four weeks’ notice, but he doesn’t feel that the shortened training camp will hinder his performance.

Camus (second from right) (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

“I prefer to have a longer camp, but this is not the first time that we have taken a fight on short notice,” Camus explained. “When I fought Dustin Pague, that was on short notice. I am always in the gym training and I am always in shape, so to start a camp on short notice isn’t a big deal. Plus, I train with the best fighters in the world, so I am ready. I wish the fight was tonight.”

Camus, who made his UFC debut in August at UFC 150 and defeated Pague via unanimous decision, knows what it takes to win inside the Octagon.

“I am prepared for this fight,” Camus admitted. “I am ready for anything. I am a better striker than he is, and if it goes to the ground, I am no slouch and will be ready to win the fight there too.

“I am ready for this fight. Wherever this fight goes, I will be prepared. It is going to be an exciting fight, and I am going to come away with the win.”

Top Photo: Chico Camus (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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  • Robby Collins

    Lol at Camus saying nobody’s ever heard of Ortiz. I watched Ortiz fight in person a few weeks ago, and although he was damn impressive I thought he lost to Aaron Ely. Anyway, Camus will be back.