UFC 154: Is Francis Carmont Turning into a Middleweight Threat?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIOctober 20, 2012

July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Karlos Vemola (right) fights Francis Carmont (left) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Francis Carmont appears to be the total package: He's big, intimidating and, above all, highly skilled.

Despite all of this, many fans are still unaware of him. But he's poised to change that in a big way at the upcoming UFC 154 event.

Carmont made a successful UFC debut against the always tough Chris Camozzi at UFC 137. He was able to control Camozzi for all three rounds and take a unanimous decision. He next took on Magnus Cedenblad and finished him with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

It wasn't until his fight against Karlos Vemola that people finally started to take notice. Carmont fought through some early adversity in the form of submission and takedown attempts by staying calm, cool and collected.

Later in the fight, he was able to trap his opponent in a crucifix position and eventually lock in a fight ending choke.

This fight was defining for Carmont, who trains out of Tristar Gym with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, because it showcased all of his abilities. He is a large middleweight who uses his size and reach well. His striking is measured and dangerous, while his submissions and ground control are top notch.

He also keeps a very cool head, and this helps him work his way out of tough positions. Training with GSP down in Montreal has clearly been an excellent career move, as Carmont is looking more dangerous with each passing fight.

Carmont faces the tough Tom Lawlor in his next fight. If he comes out calm, he should be able to use his size to bully Lawlor and eventually force the fight to the mat and finish with a submission.

Despite not being widely recognized, Carmont is a beast. After he defeats Lawlor in Montreal, fans will finally see the dark horse middleweight as a true threat. 

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