Tri-Star product Francis Carmont made his UFC debut in style with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Chris Camozzi in a middleweight bout. With UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in his corner, Carmont showed a balanced game by complimenting his striking with takedowns early. He never gave Camozzi much of a chance to get anything going despite constant pressure.
After a tepid first that Carmont won with a couple of takedowns, it was all Carmont from then on. He dropped Camozzi at the end of the second in what was probably a 10-8 round, and won the third with a takedown and some crisp strinking. And some taunting too. The final scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27. The middleweight bout was the second fight on the UFC 137 preliminary card, and aired live on Facebook.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Near the end of the second round, Carmont landed an impressive slam and when Camozzi got up, he was immediately put right back down with a nice combination.
Where do these guys go from here?
I'm not gonna lie, I didn't think Carmont would do very well in this fight and I was wrong. He looked better than I've ever seen him before, and while I still think there are holes in his game and he won't be a force at middleweight, it's very tough to hate on him for that performance. With the combination of flashiness, personality, and GSP by his side, he'll probably get a much more high-profile fight next time out.
Camozzi just got his job back and despite being dominated, he never quit and was constantly coming forward, looking for anything possible. I believe he'll get one more fight, and a bout with Dustin Jacoby could make sense.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. I was leaning towards later, but there are a few other bouts on this card that aren't worth your time and this was pretty entertaining overall, especially the last two rounds.
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