by Adam Martin
The UFC 165 main card is set.
The promotion today announced on Twitter that middleweights Francis Carmont and Costa Philippou will meet at UFC 165, which takes place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The fight joins Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland, Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub and Pat Healy vs. Nurmagomedov on what is a stacked main card for the next UFC event in Canada’s biggest city.
Carmont (21-7) is currently riding a 10-fight win streak including a five-fight win streak in the UFC. The 31-year-old is a training partner of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at TriStar gym in Montreal, Quebec, and he’s so far looked great in the UFC, dispatching of opponents such as Tom Lawlor, Lorenz Larkin and Chris Camozzi. Now, he’ll get the opportunity to jump into the top 10 of the division when he takes on Philippou, who is also riding a five-fight win streak.
Philippou (12-2, 1 NC) has defeated Tim Boetsch, Riki Fukuda, Court McGee Jared Hamman and Jorge Rivera during his current win streak and he’s earned his ranking of one of the world’s top-10 best 185 pounders with those victories. The 33-year-old is an excellent boxer and has won half of his MMA victories via knockout, and if he can get his heavy hands on Carmont he may be able to put him to sleep, which would be a serious statement sent to the rest of the 185ers.
With both fighters currently riding five-fight win streaks, the winner of this match will put themselves in good position to fight in a title eliminator bout their next time out.
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