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MMA Crossfire – Could UFC release spark the re-imagination of Francis Carmont?

French middleweight fighter Francis Carmont (22-10-0) announced his UFC release today on his Facebook page.

In it, he included several interesting admissions, including one that fans had long suspected: He was fighting for points  instead of looking to finish opponents.

It’s never easy to grapple with a UFC release.

The silver lining is that he may be two or three impressive wins from returning.

It all depends on Francis Carmont.

 

I’d like to share a few insights on the man as I had the good fortune to be standing almost right beside him when his friend Georges St-Pierre was introducing him to UFC Director of Canadian and New Zealand operations Tom Wright.

It was at the UFC 137 media conference, probably best remembered for the no-show of original GSP opponent Nick Diaz.

 Francis Carmont pose during a Guerillia open air training sessionin Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Francis Carmont pose during a Guerillia open air training sessionin Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

There was GSP with a huge 6-3 guy who didn’t say much from what I saw, but eschewed the profile of a fighter, mingling with the press.

I could see that Wright took almost an immediate liking to him, tapping him on Carmont’s broad shoulders. My observations concluded he saw something in him, and with the then welterweight champion vouching for him, I figured he was at least going to get a good look.

Later I understood his name was Francis Carmont.

He debuted with a unanimous decision win over Chris Camozzi at UFC 137,  and snagged some submission wins over Magnus Cedenblad and Karlos Vemola.

He was a prospect on the rise, but already was not the most entertaining fighter.

Then came a string of decision victories, one of which I had a press seat for, right behind his corner at UFC 165.

Francis Carmont
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre speaks with Francis Carmont in his corner in this file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Many fans thought his win over Costas Philippou was another unspectacular decision, but having the advantage of a clear vantage point of what Carmont actually did, I thought he did well.

He was trying to pound out Phillipou on the ground in mount position, grunting with each strike.

Francis Carmont
Francis Carmont (black shorts) takes down Costa Philippou (white shorts). (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But then he reverted to the points fighter he alluded to in successive losses to Ronaldo Souza, C.B. Dolloway and Thalas Leites.

Francis Carmont
Francis Carmont leaves the octagon after the C.B. Dollaway fight. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As he said in his letter, this is probably the best thing that could happen to him.

It’s an opportunity to recapture the fire that made him an exciting  prospect.

If he can do that, who knows what can happen,but the clock is ticking on the 32-year-old Frenchman.

That note could be the first step.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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