Round 1: The fighters touch gloves and the co-main event is underway. Both being careful early. Carmont misses with a kick. Souza presses forward. He lands a right hand and takes Carmont down and takes his back. Souza applies a body lock. He delivers short left hands. Souza continues to soften Carmont with short shots. Souza works for a rear naked choke. Carmont gets wrist control and prevents the choke. Souza gets his arm under Carmont’s chin. Carmont gets his chin under the arm and defends the submission attempt. Souza still has the body triangle applied. Souza asks how much time is left in the round. 30 seconds remain on the clock. Souza delivers heel strikes to the body. Carmont rolls into him and gains top position at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Souza.
Round 2: Carmont inches forward. He misses with a high kick. Souza lands an outside leg kick. He follows it up with a right hand and closes the distance. They separate. Carmont delivers an outside leg kick. He’s trying to keep Souza on the outside with his jab. Souza moves in and lands a right hand. He chases Carmont. Carmont clinches and they quickly separate. Carmont partially lands an overhand right. Souza inches forward. He works for a takedown. Carmont defends the attempt and lands a short right hand. Carmont lands a combination. Carmont’s jab is finding its mark. Souza moves forward. He lands a right hand to the body. Souza looks to get the fight to the ground. Carmont defends and they separate. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Carmont.
Round 3: Carmont moves in with an outside leg kick. Souza lands to the body. They both miss with right hands. Carmont moves forward with a right hand and Souza times it and ducks under and takes him down. Souza takes Carmont’s back and delivers hard hammer fists. Carmont rolls, but Souza maintains top control. Carmont sits up and tries to scramble to his feet. Souza drags him back down and applies a body lock. Carmont tries to turn into Souza, but Souza maintains back control. Souza lands short shots. Carmont throws punches behind his head. Souza works for a rear naked choke but can’t get it. Carmont desperately tries to get free. He throws shots as Souza behind him. Souza works for the choke again. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Souza.
The judges scored the fight for Souza by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
“I was expecting a tough fight. I was ready to fight for three rounds and that’s what happened. I thought I was going to submit him a few times, but he was able to defend my attempts. I’m in a good place in the division, but if they feel I need to fight again before I get a chance at the belt, it’s not a problem. Getting the title would be a dream come true.”
“I’m very disappointed. I missed my chance for the belt. Jacare is a strong guy. I made mistakes in the first and last rounds. It has been a long time since I lost, I don’t like this feeling. Now I must go back to my training and come back strong.”