Montreal's famed Tristar Gym might be on the verge of producing another contender.
The home of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre also boasts up-and-coming middleweight Francis Carmont. The latter made a statement on Wednesday night with an impressive win over tough Karlos Vemola at UFC on Fuel 4 in San Jose, Calif.
A back-and-forth first round featured several submission attempts by both fighters and some excellent chain grappling, but neither fighter was able to put their opponent away.
In the second round, Vemola impressively bulled his way through a Carmont front kick to the jaw, but it wasn't enough. A bit over a minute in, Carmont transitioned on the ground from a Kimura and crucifix to a rear-naked choke, forcing Vemola to tap at 1:39 of the round.
The win was Carmont's eighth in a row and improved him to 3-0 in the UFC. He left no doubt that he feels he's ready for a step up in competition in the 185-pound division.
"I want to fight the best in the division," said Carmont. "I know where I want to go, and I want to fight the top fighters in the division."