Tonight's (Wed., July 11, 2012) UFC on FUEL TV 4: "Munoz vs. Weidman" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, featured Georges St. Pierre protege Francis Carmont returning to the cage to showcase his skills against Karlos Vemola.
It's not as though the match-up was made simply to allow Carmont, who hasn't lost in four years spanning eight fights, to look good, but Vemola has been up and down and looked like the perfect candidate to give Carmont a run without scaring him off.
Turns out, that's exactly what happened.
Vemola was game, working takedowns and doing his damnedest to finish with a guillotine. But Carmont proved to be too much, better in the transitions and too powerful to overcome.
Maybe he's not the next "GSP" but he's exciting as all hell to watch.
Carmont, an efficient striker, found himself outside his comfort zone early thanks to a quick takedown from Vemola. Instead of just sitting on top in superior position, Vemola grabbed a guillotine and committed to it.
Maybe a little recklessly.
That's because he never had Carmont in any real danger -- as evidenced by Carmont giving the old thumbs up to the referee during the hold -- and by the time he popped his head out, he was on top in side control.
With two minutes to go in the round.
Of course it would make sense, then, that he lock in an Americana and use it to pass to full mount. Vemola escaped back to half guard, however, saving himself from being finished inside the first round.
Not only that, he got out and once again locked on a guillotine, this one seemingly much tighter than the first. Still, Carmont was able to escape and finish the round on top.
Vemola wasted no time looking for a takedown at the start of the second but ran right into a front kick. He pushed through anyway and they engaged in an incredible exchange against the cage. Ultimately, Carmont used a kimura to sit down and transition into a crucifix and then a rear-naked choke to pick up the submission win.
What a fun fight.
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