Our coverage of UFC 165’s main event rolls along to the middleweight division as Constantinos Philippou took on Francis Carmount. In the end, the bout would see the Carmont get his hand raised after a dominant performance.
Carmont Dominates Philippou
Francis Carmont picked up his sixth straight UFC victory tonight by dominating Costa Philippou tonight in Toronto. The French Canadian surprised Philippou by using a dominating wrestling attack to stymie his opponent. The victory keeps Carmont moving up the middleweight ranks while it also serves a huge setback for Philippou, who only a few months ago seemed on his way to a title shot.
Rd. 1- “big John” McCarthy is our referee tonight. Costa pressures early and lands solid strikes. Carmont with a nice driving double leg into side control but Costa works back to the cage and is working hard to stand. Carmont sinks a single hook in and looks to land some ground-and-pound. Carmont looks for the choke and Costa rolls out of it and goes to work in half guard. Costa rolls for an arm bar but Carmont passes it. Hard elbow by Costa from the bottom as Carmont goes to North-South briefly. Costa regains full guard and lands some elbows off his back before attacking with an omoplata but it is sloppy and Carmont pounds his way out of it. Round ends with Carmont in control. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont.
Rd. 2- Carmont with a driving takedown to start the round and he is firmly in control of this fight. Carmont sinks in a hook now and Costa rolls back to half-guard. Carmont is controlling the fight but not doing too much damage with half the round gone. McCarthy stand them up. Costa swings fir the fences and gets taken down yet again. Carmont is digging for a kimura after Costa tried one of his own. Punches by Carmont now with a minute left. Carmont stands and lands big shots on the grounded Philippou. Carmont hears the clapper and just holds Carmont down as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont (20-18).
Rd. 3- Philippou comes out with some urgency to start the third but he is still cautious. Costa is again rubbing his eye. Carmont with a powerful takedown and he is in full control of this one. Carmont is making a lot of noise whenever he throws strikes but there isn’t much to them right now. Costa is trying to stand but he is completely pinned against the cage and he tries a guillotine but it is no where close. Carmont is in total control of this fight and he checks the clock after each flurry he throws. Carmont with a Sakuraba like double hammer fist and he stands as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Carmont (30-27).
Francis Carmont def. Constantinos Philippou via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)