Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Round 1: Lawlor closes the distance and presses Carmont against the cage. Lawlor works some dirty boxing. Carmont lands a knee to the body. Carmont spins him around but Lawlor returns the favor. The referee separates them. Carmont lands two kicks to the body. Lawlor closes the distance and works for a takedown. Carmont applies a standing kimura. He lets it go and they separate. Two minutes remain in the round. They battle for position along the cage. They separate. Lawlor moves in with punches but they don’t land. Carmont lands a right hand. Carmont goes for a takedown and Lawlor applies a guillotine choke and pulls guard. Carmont gets his head out and lands a big elbow at the bell. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Carmont.
Round 2: Carmont lands a powerful inside leg kick. Lawlor moves in with a left hand. Carmont misses and Lawlor ties him up. Carmont delivers a hard knee to the body. Lawlor presses him against the cage. Carmont lands a combination on the break. Lawlor lands a counter right hand. Carmont sizing Lawlor up with his left hand. He paws with his jab. Lawlor moves in and eats a right hand. Lawlor works for a takedown. Carmont lands a left hook and Lawlor drops down for a takedown and gets it. Two minutes remain in the round. Carmont gets to his feet but eats a knee as he stands. Lawlor works for a single leg takedown and gets it. Lawlor advances to side control. He applies a guillotine choke and tightens his guard. Carmont gets free and lands punches at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lawlor.
Round 3: Carmont pumps his jab in Lawlor’s face. Lawlor lands an outside leg kick. Carmont rushes in and Lawlor grabs him and presses him against the cage and works for a single leg takedown. The referee separates them. Carmont delivers an inside leg kick. Lawlor closes the distance with punches and presses Carmont to the cage. He lands knees to Carmont’s thigh. Two minutes remain in the fight. Carmont delivers a knee to the body. Carmont gets back to the center of the cage. Lawlor lands a right hand. They exchange right hands. Carmont lands an outside leg kick. Lawlor answers with one of his own. Carmont gets a trip takedown. Lawlor gets up and presses him against the cage. The fight ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lawlor.
The judges score Carmont the winner by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28)