Jacare came into the bout on a five-fight winning streak, boasting credit as the former Strikeforce middleweight champion. Carmont was on an 11-fight streak, including winning all six of his UFC bouts.
It would be Jacare – digging into his vast well of experience – that would emerge victorious at Arena Jaragua.
The first round was all Jacare, as he clinched and drug Carmont to the mat, taking his back in the process. Jacare locked on a triangle body lock with his legs, and maintained control from Carmont’s back for the remainder of the round, peppering him with punches and sinking a rear naked choke that nearly ended the fight.
Carmont, however, survived the round.
Jacare started strong again in the second round, landing with flurries of punches, but he was unable to secure the follow-up takedowns that he sought. Midway through the round, Carmont started to land some punches of his own, but they were sporadic, making it difficult for the Canadian to garner much momentum.
It was a better round for Carmont, but Jacare was stayed busy throughout the round, and punctuated it with a close-quarters knee-punch combination in the waning seconds.
Aggression was the name of the game for Carmont as he opened the final stanza, but it cost him. Jacare capitalized, taking Carmont to the mat off of a flurry of missed punch. Jacare immediately gained back control and swarmed Carmont as he tried to wriggle his way out from under the Brazilian.
Try as he might, Carmont couldn’t get free. Jacare again locked on the triangle body lock with his legs. He popped Carmont with short punches and tried to set up the choke. He couldn’t sink it, but dominated the majority of the final round en route to a unanimous nod from the judges.
The victory over a prospect the likes of Carmont secures Jacare’s position amongst the best the UFC middleweight division has to offer. It should land him in the immediate talk of a title fight, and that’s exactly what Jacare wants.
“I want the champ. I want whoever has the belt,” Jacare responded when asked what he wanted next. “And if the UFC doesn’t think I’m ready for that, just put anyone ahead of me and I’ll get over them.”
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