At UFC on Fox 7 on Saturday night, middleweight Francis Carmont received some charity from the judges and a questionable unanimous decision win over UFC newcomer Lorenz Larkin.
Carmont (21-7) is a perfect 5-0 in the UFC, but his tentative style hasn't earned him a massive fanbase. Larkin (13-1-1) fended off several takedowns, and when Carmont did land one, Larkin did plenty of damage from the bottom. Larkin also appeared to inflict more damage throughout. Nevertheless, all three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Carmont.
What we'll remember about this fight
The decision. It was, in my humble opinion, not a very good decision. I guess you could say Carmont won the battle of "Octagon control" by coming forward and going for takedowns. But Larkin appeared to outstrike Carmont and just do more damage overall.
I wouldn't go so far as to call it a robbery, as Carmont did some nice things. But in my opinion, Lorenz Larkin was the better fighter Saturday night.
What we learned about Francis Carmont
He doesn't abandon the takedown, that's for sure.
I say that because he tried many takedowns, despite the fact that they weren't successful on a consistent basis. He tried several, but was unable to land them consistently.
What we learned about Lorenz Larkin
He has very strong takedown defense, good balance, creative striking and a solid grappling game. I believe he's a viable fighter in the UFC.
It was uncertain how fighters like Larkin would fare when they came over to the UFC from the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. But Larkin was undefeated. His only loss came to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, though the loss was later overturned and changed to a No Contest ruling.
No one knew whether Larkin could keep it going in the UFC. Though he did not get the decision against Carmont, he showed he is more than capable of winning fights in the UFC.
What's next for Carmont
I would think he could fight Tom "Kong" Watson. Watson is a former champion on the European circuit and has the brawling game to bring the heat to Carmont.
What's next for Larkin
I'd place him in the middle of the middleweights. How about Nick Ring?