After winning five fights in a row there was a growing buzz surrounding the possibility of Philippou earning a title-shot if able to string together two more triumphs. UFC 165 opponent Francis Carmont quickly muffled the murmur with a one-sided drumming where he repeatedly took Philippou down with relative ease. Granted, Philippou hadn’t fought since late December, but ring rust was no excuse given the way things unfolded.
Every time a Mixed Martial Artist enters the Octagon a learning experience is about to unfold. Not only do the involved individuals gain a certain level of knowledge based on the bout, but those watching the action exit the effort with a new understanding of what each fighter has to offer. UFC 165 was no different in that regard with plenty of information being dispatched, some of it eye-opening and some simply affirmation of already-established assertions.
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