An exciting and important middleweight showdown kicks off this weekend between Ronaldo Souza and Francis Carmont. Both are elite fighters in the UFC‘s middleweight division, and if they can get an impressive win, they are knocking on the door of a title shot, whether it’s against Chris Weidman or Vitor Belfort.
This is going to be an interesting stylistic clash. Carmont is a rangy fighter who likes to keep his opponents at bay with his kicks. He also has a very underrated wrestling game, which has helped him get wins when he needed them the most. Carmont is going to be a tough test for Souza, but Souza will be looking to make a statement against Carmont.
While Carmont has been edging by in his recent fights, Souza has been blowing his competition out of the water. He dominated Yushin Okami in his last UFC outing, getting the TKO in the first round. The win was impressive, but what’s even more surprising is the fact that Souza is one of the best grapplers in the sport, yet he’s been able to vastly improve his stand up game over the years.
Souza is also a true specimen in the middleweight division. He’s a very big middleweight, which may be an x-factor in the fight going up against Carmont. He doesn’t have a lot of holes in his game, and he will be looking to impose his will on Carmont. A win would cement Souza’s status as being a top contender in the middleweight division, and it may even grant him a title shot.