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UFC 131 Reults: JDS sweeps Carwin

UFC 131 Reults: JDS sweeps Carwin

June 12, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A dominant first round that nearly ended with a TKO stoppage ultimately set up a unanimous-decision victory for Junior Dos Santos over fellow heavyweight Shane Carwin.

The summer blockbuster headlined Saturday’s UFC 131 event, which aired on pay-per-view from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

With the victory, Dos Santos now earns a guaranteed title shot with current titleholder Cain Velasquez.

Dos Santos recently concluded coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter 13″ and was expected to meet ex-champ and fellow head coach Brock Lesnar in the season-ending fight. But when Lesnar recently was sidelined diverticulitis, former interim champ Carwin got the slot instead.

What was expected to be an evenly matched fight ultimately ended in a rather lopsided decision for Dos Santos, who earned the victory via scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

After a closely contested start to the first round, Dos Santos began frustrating Carwin with an effective left jab. That eventually set up a monster left hand, which sent Carwin to the mat. Dos Santos immediately pounced and unloaded dozens of punches. He then briefly considered a rear-naked-choke attempt before returning to the barrage of punches to the head and face. Carwin survived the round, but he was badly bloodied and heavily bruised (and likely suffered a broken nose) during the assault.

That jab set up additional heavy blows in the next two rounds, and Dos Santos earned the final frame – arguably the closest – with two key takedowns. Carwin, the noted wrestler, failed to do much with his few takedowns.

“I’m training some wrestling now,” Dos Santos joked. “Watch out, my opponents.”

After the fight, UFC officials brought Velasquez into the cage. Currently recovering from shoulder surgery, the champ could be ready to go by UFC 136, which takes in October in Houston.

“Much respect to Cain Velasquez, but Cain, I’m coming for you,” Dos Santos said.

Velasquez is equally excited for the matchup.

“He showed awesome standup like he does in all his fights,” Velasquez said. “He’s the No.1  contender. I’m excited to fight someone like this.”

Dos Santos (13-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) now has won eight straight fights, the past two via decision.

Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who was fighting for the first time since a yearlong layoff due to back surgery, suffers his second straight loss.

Florian edges Nunes for first featherweight win

Fighting in his fourth UFC weight class, Kenny Florian made a successful featherweight debut and topped contender Diego Nunes via hard-fought unanimous decision.

The bout, which co-headlined UFC 131, saw Nunes jump out to an early lead with striking from varying angles, a brief takedown, and a late-round combo that sent a backpedaling Florian to the mat.

But even by the second round, Nunes clearly was slowing. Florian, who was the middleweight runner-up on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” soon got the edge and began pressing the pace. His striking was more accurate, he easily secured a takedown, and he then rained down a couple big blows to tie up the fight. Then, in the third and final round, Florian clearly was the better conditioned fighter. Nunes remained competitive, but he he was taken down early and proved too slow to the punch. He buckled Florian with a nice combo just as the fight ended, but it wasn’t enough to win the fight.

In the end, Florian got the unanimous decision via scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. But his foray into the 145-pound division had some hurdles.

“I’ll be honest with you: That’s the hardest thing I ever did in my life,” said Florian, who was heavier than 180 pounds when he first started the weight cut. “It was very, very difficult.”

But with the win, Florian, who twice failed to win a lightweight belt, believes he’s now in the thick of the featherweight title picture.

“I felt alright,” he said. “The last month was pretty tough with training, but I had a phenomenal camp. … I want to make a run at that belt. I beat one of the top guys in the world.”

Florian (15-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) now has won three of his past four fights and moves to 9-2 since a 2006 title loss to Sean Sherk. Nunes (16-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who upset ex-WEC champ Mike Brown in his UFC debut earlier this year, snaps a three-fight win streak.

Source: MMAJunkie