Of course, the news isn’t that shocking, since Carmont has lost three in a row and is coming off a knockout loss at the hands of Thales Leites last month. The 32 year-old, French fighter relayed word of his release via Facebook:
I announce that after 6 win and 3 defeat, I am no longer a UFC fighter. However it is with determination that I will continue my career in combat sports. A friend told me, after my loss against Thales, ” You will come to understand it is the best thing that could’ve happen for your career, it’ll make you stronger.” At that moment i did not quiet understand, and after reflecting i came to auto-criticize myself. I come to the conclusion that in sports just like in life, there are many and different stages. By looking for perfection on my technique, i slowly estrange myself from the combat by instinct. Seeking to score points instead of finishing my opponent. My last loss pushes me to grow everyday. Life is a learning path and my career is far from finish. Thank you very much for your constant support.
While any fighter who has lost three in a row looks over their back to see if their walking papers are coming, you have to wonder how much Carmont’s approached factored into this decision. As the Tristar fighter noted himself, he’s been looking to “score points” instead of “finishing” his opponents, and that typically doesn’t lend to a fan pleasing style.
So, in other words, if Carmont had been bombing out opponents in his victories, rather than earning decisions, maybe he’d be given one more bout? Then again, maybe not.
Carmont joined the UFC in 2011, and proceeded to become a top ten ranked 185’er, by scoring consecutive victories over Chris Camozzi, Magnus Cedenblad, Karlos Vemola, Tom Lawler, Lorenz Larkin and Costas Philippou.
The victories over Cedenblad and Vemola came by submission; the rest were by decision.
Then the massive middleweight ran into “Jacare” Souza and DB Dollaway, and lost to both by UD.
Don’t be surprised if Carmont returns to the UFC, and does so sometime late next year. A fighter with his size, athleticism and well rounded skill set is clearly capable of competing and defeating elite competition.