Round 1 - Referee Phillippe Chartier is the referee for this middleweight fight. Lawlor immediately closing distance, and clinches up quick against cage. Carmont looking to prevent double undercooks, works for plumb and ties up and arm. Lawlor wings a punch with free arm, and Carmont knees. Lawlor has a leg and lifts, but Carmont is a big dude. Carmont gets a shot off close, but Lawlor won't give him space. A brief spin, and it's Lawlor pressing again. Chartier separates them and Carmont lands two heavy body kicks. Carmont pawing the jab. Lawlor tries to com over top, and then charges for a takedown. His trip misses, and he's working for a double against the cage. Carmont threatens with a kimura to reverse, and Lawlor peels out. Body kick from Carmont, and Lawlor charges again. Lawlor unsuccessful getting fight down, and we're in open range. Body kick for Carmont. Lawlor punches in and lands an uppercut. Carmont trying to corner Lawlor. Lawlor retreats. Carmont ducks under for a takedown, and Lawlor slaps on a guillotine choke. Carmont working Lawlor's legs to ease pressure. After a few tense seconds, it's clear Lawlor doesn't have the position, and Carmont frees himself. The round ends with that. MMAjunkie.com scores the round 10-9 for Lawlor.
Round 2 - Lawlor pressing in again. Carmont doing a little voguing. Lawlor throws a right then dodges away. A straight left lands for filthy. Carmont misses with right hand but lands a heavy knee that backs Lawlor off. He's back in, and lands a straight left and goes for the clinch. Back against the cage, and Lawlor is driving for a takedown. He ain't got it, and peels off. Carmont's outstretched arms trying to keep distance, and he pays with a hard right hand. Carmont trying to corner Lawlor. Right hand counter lands for Carmont, but he's shoved back against fence. Crowd not liking this one bit. Lawlor gives space, and Carmont fires off a few shots. Lawlor ducks under and nabs the takedown. Against cage, he works punches from the top. Carmont rights himself and takes a few knees. Carmont tries to threaten with a kimura. Lawlor turns the corner and takes them to the mat. Carmont gets his legs up for a triangle, but Lawlor swings around to side control. When Carmont pitches forward, Lawlor goes with the guillotine again. And again, he doesn't have the leverage. Carmont escapes, postures up and fires down big shots before being kicked off as the bell sounds. Another round in the bag for Lawlor, 10-9, who improves his lead to 20-18.
Round 3 - Probably the most punching yet between the two, with Carmont going with powerful kicks and Lawlor working his straight left. Carmont leaps with a knee and gets driven to the fence. Lawlor working a single-leg. Carmont fires back with a knee. Booing. Chartier separates them and Lawlor fires a few straight lefts. High kick from Carmont blocked. Carmont stalking in. Now working the jab as Lawlor presses. Carmont misses a shot and Lawlor ducks into the clinch, but no takedown attempts. Carmont fakes a level change and Lawlor takes it as a green light to press them into the cage. Carmont with short elbows to the bent-over Lawlor, who's now working a single. Carmont defends, and throws a knee. Another knee, and Lawlor drives. Carmont escapes and tries to set up a straight right. His outstretched arm is a distraction, but Lawlor gets around it with a right hand. Return kicks are blocked. Lawlor takes a leg kick. Lawlor gets a straight left. Nice body kick for Carmont. Left scores again for Lawlor, who presses to the fence. Carmont bucks him off briefly, but round ends with Lawlor in dominant position against cage. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Lawlor, giving him the 30-27 decision.
Francis Carmont def. Tom Lawlor via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)