UFC 154: Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor Preview

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Kyle Terada-US Presswire

A dynamic middleweight bout takes place this weekend at UFC 154 when Francis Carmont takes on Tom Lawlor.  Both fighters will be looking to move up in the middleweight rankings, and the loser takes a serious hit in their MMA career.

Carmont comes into this fight with an overall record of 19-7.  He has had an impressive UFC career thus far, beating quality opponents in Jason Day, Chris Camozzi and Karlos Vemola.

He is currently on a three fight winning streak and a win over Lawlor propels him up the middleweight rankings.  Carmont trains out of the Tristar Gym, so he is certainly getting the proper instruction and training with the best in George St. Pierre.  Also, Carmont has shown excellent stand up skills as of late and has competent grappling skills with 10 submission wins on his resume.

Tom Lawlor comes into this fight with an overall record of 8-4-1.  He has notable wins over Kyle Kingsburry, CB Dollaway Patrick Cote, and Jason McDonald.  Lawlor has been one of the UFC’s most interesting personalities.

His weigh-in antics are truly a sight to see, but make no joke about it; Lawlor has some serious power in his hands and has competent wrestling skills.  He is also one of the most durable fighters in the division, so this fight will be a great litmus test to see where Francis Carmont is at in his career.

The winner of this bout puts their name in hat with the elite in the middleweight division, and it will be interesting to see what tactics each fighter tries to employ when the square off.