Round 1 – Carmont fakes a few early kicks, seeing a reaction from Souza. Carmont kicks the body. He’s certainly the bigger man. Carmont stays at distance early. Souza rushes in with a punch and gets immediately to the back and brings the action to the floor. Souza with the figure-four around the body. Carmont battles the hands to keep his neck free, but he’s definitely in a bad spot. Carmont tries to spin free, but Souza stays on his back and keeps looking for the finish. Souza works and finally gets the left arm under the chin. He’s squeezing, but Carmont refuses to give in. Somehow he survives a very tense situation. Less than one minute. Souza still firm on the back. Round ends with Carmont spinning to the top, but MMAjunkie gives it to Souza, 10-9.
Round 2 – Punches traded to start. Souza kicks the leg and then rushes forward, but Carmont pushes him away. Carmont fires off a few jabs. He’s in a karate-like stance, not giving Souza much in terms of width. Souza comes forward with strikes, and Carmont smiles at him. Good back and forth between the two right now. Souza stalking, but Carmont doing abetter job of keeping him away. Souza shoots from range, but Carmont stops it and then defends against the cage. Souza throws a few punches when they break, and Carmont waves him in. Souza misses a high kick. Carmont throwing big punches. He kicks the body and throws a right hand. Souza stalking, and he tries again for a takedown that won’t come. Carmont not really landing clean, but he’s throwing big punches. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie gives it to Carmont, 10-9. Very close.
Round 3 – Carmont using range early, popping out a long jab. Souza deliver a few big punches to the body. Carmont misses a huge right hand, and Souza seizes the moment and presses him to the floor. Souza immediately on the back and looking for a choke. Carmont defends well once again, but he’s in trouble again. He knows it, so he looks to turn. Souza tries to keep control, and he gets a hook in to hold the spot. Time ticking away. Carmont tries to move, but Souza gets again to his back. Carmont tries to muscle his way out of the figure-four, but Souza keeps his position. Carmont punching behind his own head, but Souza is there. Souza looks for the choke, but Carmont keeps his chin tucked and again stays out of trouble. Carmont tries desperately to shake free, but he can’t get Souza away. More backward punches. time ticking away. Souza goes again for the choke. It won’t come, but Souza knows he got the job done. MMAjunkie gives the third to Souza, 10-9, giving him the fight 29-28.
Result: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)