Francis Carmont has been on a tear since he emerged in the Octagon.
The Georges St-Pierre teammate debuted at UFC 137 in late 2011, winning a unanimous decision over Chris Camozzi, currently one of the UFC’s top middleweight prospects.
He hasn’t slowed down.
Carmont followed up the Camozzi victory by reeling off back-to-back submission victories over Magnus Cedenblad and Karlos Vemola, and winning a spit decision victory over Tom Lawlor at UFC 154 in Montreal in November.
The French-born fighter, who now fights out of the Tristar Gym alongside GSP and Rory MacDonald, is now calling for a fight on his home turf in Montreal at UFC 158. He’s not asking for an easy road to title contention despite the home field advantage.
Carmont on Saturday made a plea to get a bout with one of the tougher fighters in the division.
“To start 2013, I’ll wish to make a good fight,” wrote Carmont on Facebook. “Give me the opportunity to fight Munoz or Okami at UFC 158 in Montreal.”
Neither is an easy fight.
Munoz is coming off of a loss to Chris Weidman last summer, but had been on a four-fight winning streak – including wins over Chris Leben and Demian Maia – prior to the loss. Had he won that fight, Munoz was rocketing into the picture to challenge UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
Okami has his shot at Silva, but got TKO’d in the second round then followed that up with a loss to Tim Boetsch. He has since put together consecutive victories over Buddy Roberts and, most recently, Alan Belcher at UFC 155.
Munoz and Okami both present stifling, wrestling based styles that could present a lot of difficulties for Carmont, but he seems ready to take that next step in the 185-pound division and start fighting Top 10 caliber competition.
And if he gets his way, it will be against either Munoz or Okami at UFC 158 in Montreal, in support of the headline bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.
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