Francis Carmont has everything he’s ever wanted and more.

He’s training with one of the top gyms in the world in Tristar in Montreal. He trains beside current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Last but not least, he’s fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship—a dream of his since he was a young boy.

But as we know, with any success comes hard work. Not only hard work, but sacrifice.

Carmont, born and raised in Saint-Tropez, France, was one of six children in his family. His dream of fighting in the UFC would demand two major decisions. The first, to leave his home country of France, since mixed martial arts is illegal and not permitted within his home country’s boundaries. The second, to leave behind his five siblings.

Carmont (R) throws a kick (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

“Fighting in the UFC has always, always been a dream of mine since I was very young,” Carmont told the The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “In order to fight consistently in the UFC, I knew I had to make the move to the United States.”

“The United States is home to the biggest MMA organization known to mankind. I love France very much, but I knew to take the next step in my career, I had to leave. Out of my five siblings, I was the only one to pursue a career in MMA. However, all of them follow me very closely. We all have to make sacrifices in life, but my family remains welded together,” said Carmont.

While Carmont now fights the majority of his UFC bouts in the U.S., he’s found his current home in Canada, where he’s an understudy of the great St-Pierre. As we’ve seen with the majority of those successful in the UFC, you’re only as good as those whom you surround yourself with. If Carmont has surrounded himself with the likes of St-Pierre and others, the rest of the UFC’s middleweight division should watch out.

“Having the opportunity to train in Montreal has been a blessing. Coming from France, it also allowed me to adjust to the language barrier as well. Montreal is a city where we speak both English and French. I haven’t had too many problems with learning the English language,” Carmont said with a laugh. “I think I’m doing pretty well so far.”

Carmont (L) delivers a right hand (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

“Georges is the best for a reason. He recently resumed training and is on the road to a full recovery. I honestly believe he will return and be stronger than he ever was before. Training with guys like him have completely changed my game. I am currently at seven consecutive victories and I feel the best I ever have before,” said Carmont. “Everything has changed—the way I lead, my coaches, my diet, and even the country that I live in.”

Carmont hopes to extend his winning streak to eight straight bouts when he meets Karlos Vemola at UFC on Fuel TV 4 in San Jose, Calif. on July 11. The Frenchman is all business and aimed a bold statement at Vemola.

“I know where I want to go and how to get there. I will not let anyone get in my way. See you on July 11th, Karlos.”

Top Photo: Francis Carmont has his hand raised in victory (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)