Costa Philippou’s fans may have been hoping to see him battle a top ten middleweight like Michael Bisping or Vitor Belfort next, but the fighter has been tapped for a tough task in Francis Carmont, who he’ll fight at UFC 165. The UFC’s Canadian Twitter feed has announced the fight, which will take place September 21st in Toronto, Ontario.
Philippou (12-2) has been itching to get back into the cage, as the 33 year-old fighter hasn’t fought since last December, when he stopped Tim Boetsch at UFC 155. Philippou was scheduled to fight fellow contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC on FX 8 in May, but the New York fighter was cut during training and had to pull out. The #7 ranked welterweight is currently riding a five fight win streak.
Carmont (21-7) heads into the bout having won 10 straight fights, which includes five consecutive victories, since he signed with the UFC in 2011. Most recently, Carmont scored a unanimous decision win over Lorenz Larkin at UFC on FOX 7 in April.
With all of the top ten middleweights booked for fights except for Belfort (Michael Bisping is expected to fight Mark Munoz, but it hasn’t been confirmed), Philippou-Carmont certainly works.
It’s a solid addition to UFC 165, which is already filled with compelling bouts, including Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland, Pat Healy vs. Khahib Nurmagomedov and Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci among others.