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UFC 137: Chris Camozzi Vs. Francis Carmont

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UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre accompanies teammate and Octagon newcomer Francis Carmont to the cage, serving as a cornerman along with Firas Zahabi to the young French fighter.

Round 1: No glove touch to start this one. Camozzi fires off a fast inside leg kick, Carmont responds with one of his own. Carmont catches one of Camozzi’s leg kicks and plants him on the mat. Camozzi gets to his feet with an underhook, but Carmont tags him with a knee to make him pay. Camozzi keeps hold of Carmont and presses him into the fence, trying to take his back. Carmont fighting off the takedown so far. Good head pressure by Camozzi pressing Carmont against the cage. Carmont slips in a knee while Camozzi continues to press him into the fence. Carmont turns him and lands a pair of knees, as well as a good right hand. He ends the exchange with a jumping kick. Camozzi moves in behind a left hand after eating another kick before pressing Carmont into the cage. Carmont shows off some nice skills from the Thai clinch, moving Camozzi around and landing knees in between takedown attempts. Carmot misses on a spinning elbow. Camozzi backs Carmont up and lands a good knee while pressuring Carmont into the cage. Camozzi looking for the takedown, but Carmont is defending well. He lands a knee and turns Camozzi before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Carmont doing his best Anderson Silva, jiving his hands and throwing front kicks. Carmont sticks a good right that prompts Camozzi to close the distance and press him into the fence. They fight for position against the cage, with Carmont landing solid knees to Camozzi with his back on the fence. Camozzi just holding position and taking knees. Carmont lands some nice punches on the break. Camozzi may be wilting as Carmont turns it up. Carmont with two hard knees before closing the distance himself. Carmont takes Camozzi’s back standing, eventually picking him up high and slamming him to the mat with force. Carmont tries some fancy guard passing but it doesn’t pan out, he’s now working from butterfly guard. Carmont lands some heavy punches from top position. As Carmont backs up and Camozzi stands, Carmont nails him with a right uppercut and left hand, dropping Camozzi to the mat. Camozzi fights to survive as Carmont continues to put hands on him. A bleeding Camozzi avoids the takedown and lasts until the third frame, threatening with a guillotine. Carmont throws a slightly late punch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 3: Clearly loosened up, Carmont gets in Camozzi’s face right away, backing him into the fence with punches. Carmont makes space, puts his hands down and gives a warrior yell, prompting Camozzi to press him into the fence again. Carmont lands two good knees before breaking away. Camozzi tries for the takedown again, but ends up holding Carmont on the fence. Dean threatens to break them, but they separate themselves and trade kicks. Carmont lands the front kick glancingly. Carmont hits a takedown after a brief exchange and lands a few good punches before settling into Camozzi’s guard. Just over a minute-and-a-half to go and Carmont stands over Camozzi, looking at the clock and kicking his legs. Carmont lets him up with a minute. Camozzi moves in with a good left hand and presses Carmont back into the fence. Herb Dean braks them from the cage with thirty to go. Carmont with two nice kicks before avoiding Camozzi’s rush and taking his back. Carmont lands a good punch and then survives a last-ditch kimura attempt to likely win the decision.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Francis Carmont defeated Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)