Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont
Round 1: Carmont works to establish his jab early. They exchange outside leg kicks. Carmont changes levels and takes Philippou down. Philippou works his way over to the cage. Carmont lands left hands. Philippou hangs on from the bottom. Carmont lands an elbow. Phillipou looks for an arm bar. Carmont steps over and ends up in side control. He moves to a North-South position. Philippou works his way back to half guard and then full guard. Carmont lands a few hammer fists. He advances to side control. Philippou gets back to full guard. Philippou goes from an oma plata. He switches to an arm bar at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Carmont.
Round 2: Carmont pumps his jab. Carmont drops under a punch and takes Philippou down. Carmont lands an elbows. Philippou moves to the cage. Carmont delivers a right hand. He works in Philippou’s half guard. Philippou hangs on. The referee stands them up. Carmont quickly takes the fight back to the ground. Carmont isolates an arm. Philippou recognizes it. Carmont postures up and lands punches. He advances to the mount position. Philippou gets back to half guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Carmont.
Round 3: Philippou clearly frustrated in his corner. He’s told to give it all for the next five minutes. Philippou steps in with a left jab. Carmont starting to throw kicks. Philippou lands an outside leg kick. Carmont drops down and slams Philippou to the canvas. Carmont unleashes ground and pound. He’s overwhelming Philippou with grappling. Philippou stands only to be taken down again. Two minutes remain in the round. Philippou looks for an arm bar but Carmont defends. Carmont lands right hands. He advances to the mount position. He lands a big hammer fist followed by a double hammer fist. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Carmont.
The judges score the fight for Carmont by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.