chico-camus-kyung-ho-kang.jpgHis coaches have suggested it. So have his teammates. Heck, even other fighters outside of his camp have made the suggestion: Chico Camus should move to flyweight.

But, as the recent UFC 164 winner admitted, the call of Taco Bell has always drowned out those voices. That could soon change, though, and there’s at least a “75 percent chance,” according to the fighter.

Camus (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who overcame a slow start to top fellow bantamweight Kyung Ho Kang (11-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) this past Saturday in a UFC 164 preliminary-card bout, likes the trajectory of his career. He also likes eating whatever he wants whenever he wants with absolutely no dieting. After all, how many fighters do you know who are eating chicken tacos a few days before weigh-ins?

However, he knows he’s pressing his luck. Eventually, in a profession in which you fist-fight other folks for a living, he knows it’s a gamble he’ll lose.

“I just don’t want to be the guy that gets crushed by a guy that’s bigger, way stronger and more dominant than me because he’s cutting so much weight and being able to put it back on,” Camus today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I don’t know how they do that. I weigh in 135, 136 (pounds), and I’m maybe back up to 147. It’s a gift for them. I can’t jump up 20 pounds right after weigh-ins like some of these guys do.”

Camus, a Roufusport fighter who received an Anthony Pettis-like welcome during Saturday’s hometown fight in Milwaukee, has long considered the move. But he likes to eat. Who doesn’t? But if he’s not playing the weight-cutting game, he knows he’s tempting fate since so many other 135-pounders do.

“I think I’m going to go to 125,” the 28-year-old said. “I barely walk around any bigger than what I normally am. I’m probably 149 pounds to begin with, and I don’t diet at all. I don’t diet whatsoever. I’ve been been eating Taco Bell up until the Thursday before weigh-ins basically. OK, I’m just playing saying stuff like that, but I basically eat anything that I want and still have abs, and my work ethic is good and my cardio is good.

“But if I cleaned it up and got a nutritionist or a dietician a month, a month and a half out before the fight, I think I could get to 125. And at 125, I’d be a lengthy, strong guy. I don’t think too many other 125-pounders could take the power I possess.”

He also knows he has a long road to title contention at bantamweight. The champ is injured, the interim champ is already booked for a second title defense, and fighters such as Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald are queued up and hoping for a shot. He figures he’d need a minimum of three more wins – maybe even five – to get a serious look.

But flyweight? All bets are off in one of the UFC’s most scattered weight classes.

“I’m thinking maybe I make the move to 125, and I could scramble up that division a little bit,” he said. “If I win one, two, three fights, and be a main event or co-main event, I could be fighting for the belt.”

If he does make the plunge for his next bout, he’s not picky when it comes to an opponent. He said UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby can choose whomever they want.

“I’m in the UFC to fight the best guys in the world at my division,” he said. “Whoever Sean and Joe want to throw at me, I’m ready for it. I’ve never been one to duck fights.”

For complete coverage of UFC 164, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

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