It’s the third UFC event in as many weeks and this week the octagon visits the Great White North and the home of hockey, Vancouver, Canada for a night of MMA action. Live from the Rogers Arena, it’s UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. As always, FiveOuncesOfPain.com will provide full results along with a round by round recap of all the live televised action.
Once again, UFC is giving fans a chance to view the entire card, including all the preliminary fights live. At 5:45 PM EST, the first five preliminary fights can be seen through Facebook.com/UFC or YouTube. Then at 8:00 PM EST, SpikeTV will air two more preliminary fight. Finally, at 9:00 PM EST the show heads to PPV for the main card.
UFC 131 is headlined by an explosive heavyweight battle between power punchers Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin with the winner receiving a UFC heavyweight title shot later this year. In the co-main event, Kenny Florian makes his featherweight debut against Diego Nunes. Also on the card is a middleweight battle between jiu-jitsu ace Demain Maia against wrestling powerhouse Mark Munoz.
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Darren Elkins vs. def. Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision
Joey Beltran def. Aaron Rosa via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Dustin Poirier def. Jason Young via Unanimous Decision
Nick Ring def. James Head via Submission Round 3 (Rear Naked Choke)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Mike Massenzio via Unanimous Decision
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Chris Weidman vs. Jesse Bongfeldt
Round One: Bongfeldt hurt Weidman early with a head kick but Weidman recovered and got a takedown. Weidman constantly passed to better positions and landed some short strikes but didn’t do a ton of damage on the ground. Bongfeldt managed to get up with 30 seconds left and went for a late takedown but Weidman caught him in a standing guillotine. Bongfeldt tapped out with just seconds left in the round.
Result: Chris Weidman def. Jesse Bongfeldt via Submission Round 1 (Standing Guillotine)
Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
Round One: All on the feet for the first minute and a half with both men landing good punches but neither landing anything huge. Edwards managed to get a takedown but Stout got up without taking any real damage. In the middle of an exchange, Stout clipped Edwards with a left hook that put Edwards out cold. Beautiful KO.
Result: Sam Stout def. Yves Edwards via KO Round 1 (Left Hook)
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
Round One: Cerrone opened with kicks early. Rocha got a takedown off a kick but Cerrone bounced right back up. More leg kicks by Cerrone, who is finishing every combo with a kick. Rocha kept trying for takedowns but Cerrone shrugged him off with ease each time. Very strong round for Cerrone with the leg kicks. Rocha had a hard time to get anything going. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
Round Two: Cerrone opens with more leg kicks. Rocha trying to get aggressive with his hands but Cerrone moved away well. Rocha worked hard for a takedown but Cerrone fended it off well. Rocha rushed in, got clipped, and went to his back. The announcers said he got dropped but it looked like he was trying to dive in for a heel hook or guard pull. Either way, Cerrone allowed Rocha up and continued to beat the lead leg of Rocha with kicks. Another great round for Cerrone. Rocha is limping badly. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
Round Three: More leg kicks from Cerrone. Rocha again tried to get a takedown but Cerrone sprawled each time. Rocha clipped Cerrone a couple of times with the left but there was nothing behind it. Cerrone really poured it on in the final minute, landing some good punches on Rocha and continuing to chop him with leg kicks. Cerrone dropped Rocha in the closing seconds but time ran out before he could finish. Should be a clean sweep for Cerrone. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone and the fight 30-27 for Cerrone.
Result: Donald Cerrone def. Vagner Rocha via Unanimous Decision
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
Round One: Herman opened with leg kicks, fought off a takedown from the clinch, and landed some good knees. Einemo looking for the right hand and tagging Herman but Herman hanging tough. Herman kept up with the leg kicks and landing a good knee up the middle when Einemo would duck his head. Einemo ended up catching a kick and getting a takedown. He passed to side control but Herman used the cage to push off and up. Einemo kept loading up on the right. They traded knees to the head in the clinch. Einemo got a takedown just as the bell rang. A close round but Einemo did some damage with the right hand and scored a takedown, which will swing things in his favor. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Einemo.
Round Two: Einemo continued to land the right hand. They traded knees again and Herman got rocked. Einemo chased him with the right, slipped, but got back up. Einemo rocked Herman with another knee and tried to finish but Herman survived, landed a knee of his own, and then dropped Einemo with a right hand. Herman tried to finish on the ground but Einemo got up. Herman continued the onslaught with big knees in the clinch, Einemo went down again, and Herman pounded him on the ground until the ref jumped in. A fantastic second round.
Result: Dave Herman def. Jon Olav Einemo via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Round One: Munoz got wobbled a bit early in an exchange but he recovered. Maia got Munoz with a right hand and then clinched but was broken by the ref. Maia very aggressive with his strikes and he’s tagging Munoz. Munoz loading up on every strike he throws but not connecting with anything except a counter left hook. Maia really finding a home for the straight left. Munoz went for a late takedown but Maia fended it off. Good round for Maia on the feet. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Maia.
Round Two: Munoz caught Maia early with a right hand that had him shooting for a takedown but Munoz stuffed it and landed some big punches to the thighs in the sprawl position. They ended up back on the feet and got in some wild exchanges. Maia went for a takedown, Munoz sprawled and went for a d’arce choke, but Maia fought it off and ended up on top. Maia tried to get the back but Munoz scrambled up. Maia went for another takedown and ended up pulling guard. Munoz landed some short strikes on the ground with Maia seated against the cage but not too much happened and the ref stood them up. A good bounce back round for Munoz, who controlled Maia with his wrestling and roughed him up with punches. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Munoz.
Round Three: Munoz got a takedown about a minute into but Maia bounced right back up. Munoz stayed on him though but Maia hit a switch and got the crucifix on the back of Munoz. Munoz spun out and up, and stayed on Maia in the clinch. Munoz worked hard for a takedown from the clinch but it never came and the ref broke them. Back in the clinch, Munoz threw him to the ground but Maia got right back up again. Both men landed some good body kicks. Maia did a nice job landing the straight left. Munoz stuffed a takedown at the end of the round. Extremely close round. I give a slight edge to Maia though because I think he did more damage and had the more dominant position during the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Maia.
Result: Mark Munoz def. Demain Maia by Unanimous Decision
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Round One: A lot of swinging and missing early by both men. They traded takedowns but both men were quickly back to their feet. Nunes landed a spinning backfist and a head kick, which were about the most significant strikes of the round. Florian got a takedown but again Nunes was right back up. Nunes clipped Florian with a left hook and dropped him in the closing seconds. He pounced on Florian but the round ended before he could really try and finish. Close round until Nunes dropped Florian. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
Round Two: Florian came out aggressive but couldn’t find the chin of Nunes with his strikes. Florian worked hard for a takedown but Nunes fought it off and got a trip takedown of his own. Florian cut Nunes with an elbow on the top of the head and then worked to his feet. Florian got a takedown and did a nice job landing ground and pound on Nunes until the round ended. Strong round for Florian, who really picked up the pace at the end. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Florian.
Round Three: After the striking for both men went nowhere, Florian got a takedown. Nunes ate some punches and elbows but Nunes eventually scrambled to his feet. Florian did a nice job using his jab and moving as Nunes wildly came forward with strikes. Florian tried to pour it on at the end but ended up getting caught with a right hand that dropped him to a knee just as the bell sounded. One punch doesn’t negate all the work Florian did in that round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Florian and the fight 29-28 for Florian.
Result: Kenny Florian def. Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin vs. Junior dos Santos
Round One: Carwin shot early and got Santos against the cage but Santos spun off. Santos landed an uppercut but Carwin came back with a right. Santos really trying to establish the jab. Carwin tripped Santos down but Santos was right back up. Santos continues to work the jab and get out before Carwin can counter. One-two by Santos followed by a left hook hurt Carwin. Santos got back side control on Carwin and pounded away but Carwin somehow survived. Carwin’s face is an absolute mess. Carwin gets to his feet and survives the round though. Dominant round for Dos Santos. 5OZ scores the round 10-8 for Dos Santos.
Round Two: Santos tried an uppercut and almost got caught but avoided the hands of Carwin. Santos working the body of Carwin a bit in this round. Santos continues to get in and out with his strikes before Carwin can do anything. Carwin pressed forward and landed a good left but Santos took it. Santos continues to jab away. Santos landed a big head kick but Carwin took it. Santos works the body at the end of the round. Another strong round for Santos, although not quite as good as the first. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Dos Santos.
Round Three: Carwin got an early takedown but Santos was right back up and spun out of the clinch. Santos just continues to pick apart Carwin, who can’t get anything going on his feet. The jab is there all day for Santos. The ref stops the fight to check on the face of Carwin, who is still a bloody mess. The doctor allows the fight to continue. Santos got a takedown. He landed a couple of punches but Carwin pushed away and got up. One more takedown by Santos at the end of the round. All Santos, all the time. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Dos Santos and the fight 30-26 for Dos Santos.
Result: Junior Dos Santos def. Shane Carwin via Unanimous Decision
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