Monday, January 20, 2020

UFC 131: Waiting Near the Mountain Top

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UFC 131: dos Santos vs. Carwin –Vancouver, B.C., Canada – Rogers Arena-  June 11, 2011

Junior dos Santos didn’t get a chance to face Brock Lesnar, but a win over Shane Carwin at UFC 131 kept Junior in the title picture.

While dos Santos was waiting for heavyweight champion Cain Velazquez to return from injury, he coached the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter against Lesnar. Their coaches’ fight didn’t happen due to Lesnar’s struggles with diverticulitis.

Junior scored a unanimous decision over Carwin in the UFC 131 main event.

Kenny Florian won the co-main event over Diego Nunes by unanimous decision. Florian earned a featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo.

Dave Herman beat Jon Olav Einemo by TKO in the second round. Mark Munoz scored his third win in a row with a unanimous decision over Demian Maia.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone opened the PPV with a unanimous decision over the debuting Vagner Rocha of Brazil.

Spike TV showed a pair of preliminary fights. Sam Stout knocked out “The Master of Thug Jitsu” Yves Edwards at the 3:52 mark.

Chris Weidman beat Jesse Bongfeldt with a guillotine choke in the final seconds of Round 1.

On the Facebook prelims, Darren Elkins beat Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.

“The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran beat Aaron Rosa by TKO in the third round. Nick Ring beat James Head by submission to a rear naked choke in Round 3.

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier defeated the debuting Jason Young by unanimous decision. Krzysztof Soszynski won in the same way over Mike Massenzio.

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