Round 3: The third round begins and Carmont attempts a sneaky spinning back kick. Carmont with a head kick attempt. Costa lands a decent leg kick. Carmont has had enough of the striking on the feet, as he takes Costa down again with ease. Carmont is 4-for-4 now on takedown attempts. Carmont is working light punches from inside the half-guard of Costa. Costa is starting to look really discouraged on the bottom now. Carmont is screaming out loud now as he lands more punches from the top position. Costa is trying to use the cage to get back to his feet. Costa manages to get back up briefly, but Carmont puts him right back down. Costa is looking for a guillotine choke from the bottom. He's not going to get it though, as he only has half-guard. Carmont escapes and is back to working ground and pound from the top. Costa is throwing his legs up again, looking for another potential submission attempt, but Carmont is doing a great job of controlling Costa. "Big" John is now calling for more action. Costa is trying to use the cage to get back up again, but Carmont is too good at controlling him. Carmont with a big elbow from the top, followed by some more big punches. Carmont is looking to stay busy, as "Big" John is close to standing them back up. Costa is still trying to get back to his feet, but he's not having much luck. 30 seconds left in the final round and this one is looking like a done deal. Carmont gets full mount on Costa now. Carmont lands a big hammer-first. Carmont lands a double-hammer fist, ala Kazushi Sakuraba. Carmont stands up and walks away as the buzzer sounds. Should be 30-27 across the board for the Montreal native. Great fight from Carmont, as he improves his UFC win streak to six-straight fights. WrestlingINC.com scores the round 10-9 for Francis Carmont.
Francis Carmont def. Costa Philippou via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) after 3 Rounds.
Up next is an interesting heavyweight battle between former season 10 contestants on The Ultimate Fighter, as Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub, former friends, are about to slug it out. The two have traded verbal jabs back-and-forth on Twitter leading up to this fight, so this one should be a good one.
Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione
Round 1: Mitrione refuses to touch gloves as the fight begins. Both guys are feeling each other out early on. Mitrione is stalking Schaub as Schaub circles and paws his jab at Matt. Schaub swings a few wild overhand punches, connecting slightly with his left. Mitrione lands a strong inside leg kick. Schaub with another wild overhand punch that misses the mark. Schaub lands a decent right hand. Schaub is bleeding a bit over his left eye. Schaub lands a big right hand. Mitrione is now bleeding as well. Mitrione lands another decent leg kick. Schaub looking for a takedown but Mitrione avoids it. You can feel the tension in this one fellas! Both guys are bleeding and are winging wild punches at one-another. Many questioned if these two were only pretending to have a problem with each other, but from the looks of things, they generally have a beef with one-another. Schaub pushes forward with a big combination. Schaub lands several punches and then takes Mitrione down. The crowd erupted for that one. Schaub is working from inside Mitrione's half-guard. Schaub is looking for an arm-triangle, but he's stuck in the half-guard of Mitrione. Mitrione is looking to get up but Schaub clamps on a deep D'arce choke. Schaub puts Mitrione out with that choke. Mitrione refused to tap, so he instead went to sleep. Schaub celebrates his impressive first-round submission victory. Mitrione gets up and the two embrace. They bury the hatchet and are smiling and talking to each other now. Good fight.
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