This is the UFC Fight Night 36 live blog for Jacare Souza vs. Francis Carmont, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.
Souza, who has won five straight fights, will face Carmont, who has won six straight fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 36 live blog below.
Round 1: The referee in charge of the action is Keith Peterson. Both fighters open orthodox. Decent left hook connects for Carmont, but Jacare lands a spinning kick and takes the back of a failed punch. In transition, Jacare seems to put Carmont to sleep for just a second, but Carmont survives (it's not clear if he went out or not). Carmont reverses position just as the round ends.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Jacare
Round 2: Jacare throws a head kick and uses it to press Carmont into the fence. It doesn't work, though, and they break. Outside leg kick from Carmont finds the mark. Body shot scores for Jacare and he's doing all the stalking. Carmont now pressing Jacare into the fence, but ultimately can't get the takedown. Jacare clubs the back of the neck of Carmont, but doesn't get much. Jacare shoots for a single, then to a double along the fence. They separate. Carmont with a one-two. Carmont beginning to open up here and landing intermittent strikes.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Carmont
Round 3: Outside leg kick for Carmont. Decent body shots for Jacare. Jacare perfectly times a takedown and lands into back control. Carmont is almost belly down and Jacare is pounding on him hunting for the rear naked choke. Carmont tries to stand and Jacare locks up a body triangle. Jacare seemingly gets the choke and squeezes, but Carmont is able to shrug it off. The round basically ends like that.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Jacare and the fight 29-28 Jacare
Jacare Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)