July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Karlos Vemola (bottom) fights Francis Carmont (top) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The UFC has been busy this week adding fights to their fall schedule. The latest card to get a new fight is UFC 154, scheduled for November 17th in Montreal, which will see a middleweight bout between Montreal's own, Francis Carmont, and popular Ultimate Fighter alum, Tom Lawlor. Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com broke news of the match-up:
Carmont and "Filthy" Tom Lawlor have agreed to meet in a middleweight matchup at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Despite not being heralded as much of a prospect prior to his UFC career, Carmont, who is better known as a training partner of UFC welterweight champ, Georges St. Pierre, has looked stellar while going 3-0 in the Octagon. Utilizing a very solid all-around MMA skill set, reminiscent of GSP, Carmont has shown strong boxing, brutal ground and pound, and some nifty submissions in his UFC performances so far. Most recently, he used a slick rear naked choke from the crucifix position to hand Karlos Vemola the first submission loss of his career.
Lawlor, although popular on his season of TUF, was known more for his weigh-in costumes and walk-out antics than for his actual performances inside the cage, and he's yet come up with any signature, or high-level wins in his UFC career. Nonetheless, "Filthy" Tom always manages to find a way to keep the fans entertained, which has likely secured some job security for him, as did his most recent fight, in which he showed some surprisingly knockout power to finish Jason MacDonald in under a minute.
UFC 154 is likely to be headlined by a welterweight title unification fight between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit, while Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks will battle to determine the next title contender at 170 lbs. Here's the current rumored card:
-Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit (UFC welterweight title unification)
-Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks
-Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson
-Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor