Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In the third bout of the UFC 154 main card, Francis Carmont somehow managed to pull out a split decision victory over Tom Lawlor in a pretty dull fight. Lawlor spent most of his time pushing Carmont against the cage, looking for takedowns that didn't come very often. When Carmont had the room to strike, he didn't show much urgency and mostly threw kicks. Neither fighter did any damage, but it looked that Lawlor would get the decision by controlling position much of the time. Instead, the scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 in favor of the French fighter.
Carmont (20-7) improved to 4-0 in the UFC while Lawlor (8-5, 1 NC) dropped to 4-4 in the big organization. Lawler has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights.
What was the high point of the fight?
Lawlor's entrance was somewhat funny. Other than that, the final horn.
Where do they go from here?
Carmont scraped out the W and regardless of the controversy, remained unbeaten in the UFC. Ed Herman or Chris Camozzi might be solid next opponents.
I honestly have no idea where Lawlor goes from here. He's funny and has some skills, but he looked dreadful on PPV and probably won't be getting that chance again anytime soon. Maybe a bout with Court McGee could work?
Watch now, later, or never?
Never. Ever ever ever ever.