It was just a few months ago that Francis Carmont was hailed as one of the rising stars of the UFC middleweight division.
The French-born representative of TriStar Gym was on an eleven fight winning streak (including six appearances in the UFC) when he faced off against perennial contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil back in February.
But, he lost that bout — and then two more (most recently, a knockout at the hands of Thales Leites).
Carmont announced today via a bilingual message on his Facebook page that the UFC has served him his walking papers.
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.
Carmont linked the announcement on his Twitter account as well:
Je vous annonce qu'après 6 victoires et 3 défaites, je ne suis plus combattant pour la UFC . Néanmoins, c'est… http://t.co/9p8VkH7MZ0
— Francis Carmont (@franciscarmont) September 17, 2014
Carmont was listed at #15 in the UFC’s most recent official rankings. He peaked at #8.