No titles were on the line at UFC 131 but a few fighters have positioned themselves as legitimate contenders. As for us, we went 9-3 and had another moneymaking UFC night.
Here are all of the results from UFC 131, for which I called 9 of 12 correctly. Let us recap some of the most exciting action of the night. I hope you followed my UFC betting advice, and be sure to check back for all of my UFC 132 picks as well.
Junior dos Santos defeats Shane
If you bet
under 1 ½ rounds, you had to be screaming at the referee to stop the fight at
just about the same time dos Santos was hammering Carwin and asking the ref the
same question. Carwin took such damage
after the 1st round, he looked like an extra in a low budget slasher
Junior dos Santos used a
lightning quick jab to stagger Carwin and set him up for a horrific
beating. By the time the fight was over,
Junior appeared as though he had just played a vigorous 18 holes of golf while
Carwin looked like he was beaten with a 5 iron during the same round.
next fight will undoubtedly be for the UFC Heavyweight strap. He has earned the shot and champion Cain
Velasquez could very well find himself playing the role of the underdog in UFC
betting. As for Shane Carwin, he looked
much fitter and trimmer for this match and cardio was not an issue as it had
been in the Lesnar fight.
age 36 and after two brutal beatings against the truly elite of the heavyweight
division, it looks as though his destiny will be as a stepping stone for the
younger guys looking to make a name for themselves. Get by Carwin, people will take you
seriously. But it doesn’t appear Shane
Carwin will be anything more than the gatekeeper to the throne without ever
wearing the crown himself.
Ken Florian defeats Diego Nunes
a successful debut at featherweight with a hard fought decision over Diego
Nunes. Florian looked shredded stepping
into the cage and might I say, not in a good way. He appeared emaciated as he cut about 40
pounds from the start of training camp and I wondered aloud if he was going to
have the strength and the stamina to throw down with the younger Diego
round belonged to Nunes but Florian fine tuned his attack and turned loose the twin
razors he calls elbows, carving his opponent every chance he got. Nunes began bleeding from a gash in his head
and the canvas turned crimson every time he found himself on his back. As the match went on, it was Florian who got
stronger while the younger and decidedly shorter Nunes faded from exhaustion
and possibly lack of blood!
a new start in a brand new division.
Though it may have been a monumental effort to make 145, he didn’t
suffer any ill-effects in the Octagon.
It appears as though his sacrifices will be rewarded as Dana White has
already publicly warmed to a championship match between Florian and featherweight
king Jose Aldo.
Dave “Pee Wee” Herman KO’s John Olav
undoubtedly the Fight of the Night. Both
fighters pocketed 70K for an absolute war that pitted an internationally
renowned jiu-jitsu artist against a guy who claims to be a wrestler by trade
but does little else but brawl in the cage.
Many of the more “sophisticated” MMA fans will sniff that this fight
didn’t deserve Fight of the Night honors while the rest of us will stand and
something off with this guy Dave Herman.
Any guy that’s 6’5” and calls himself Pee Wee after a disgraced TV actor
gives one cause for pause. In a prefight
interview he stated he didn’t think jiu-jitsu worked, therefore was unconcerned
about Einemo’s widely heralded reputation in that art form. Huh?!
But when the same guy enters the cage to handpicked music by Boy George
from his Culture Club days, singing “Do you really want to hurt me,” it’s
either disturbingly odd or downright hilarious depending on your
Let’s cut to
the action. The bizarre behavior
continues when Herman continues to smile throughout the fight and when grazed
with a love tap from Einemo, he staggers back to the cage as though he were
mortally wounded. Circus behavior aside,
the guy has a granite chin and hands to match.
Herman narrowly lost the first round and was rocked by some huge blows
in the 2nd round. Just as it
looked as though Herman was going down he connected with a vicious blow of his
own followed by knees and more strikes until Einemo could no longer defend
himself (Just as I predicted). Great fight and would love to
see this guy throw bombs with Shane Carwin.
He may get his chance in the very near future.
In other UFC 131 action:
over Rocha by decision
over Bongfeldt by submission
over Maia by decision
Head by submission
over Young by decision
over Rosa by KO
over Massenzio by decision
Elkins over Omigawa by decision (Dana White pays
Omigawa win money due to what he felt was a terrible decision by the judges)