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UFC 131 Aftermath: It’s Just Like Hockey, without Canadians


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Look, I get it. Vancouver fans are extremely excited about their Canucks winning 1-0 at home on Friday, putting the team one win away from taking the Stanley Cup. I’m more than willing to forgive those in attendance for being less than excited about UFC 131, an MMA event absent of title fights, or even some fellow Canadians on the main card. I’ll forgive the chants of “Go Canucks Go” and “We Want The Cup” that broke out throughout the evening.  I’ll even forgive them for being won over by Jon Olav Einemo’s Canucks flag. But not watching the fights you’re supposed to be judging? That’s unacceptable.

There were some downright awful decisions made by the judges last night, causing some to wonder if they even watched the fights.  Fortunately for Junior Dos Santos, his beating of Shane Carwin was too lopsided to possibly mess up. No doubt, Dos Santos looked impressive against Shane Carwin. Not only did he survive some of Shane’s hardest punches, but he also displayed some improved wrestling. He even managed to make Carwin look gun-shy, which seemed unthinkable. There were numerous times throughout the fight where it seemed crazy that Junior Dos Santos was fighting the same guy that almost dethroned Brock Lesnar.  Before we get too excited though, remember that Shane Carwin managed to survive all three rounds, despite being a late replacement coming off of surgery. Time will tell how Dos Santos holds up against Cain Valesquez.

Perhaps our expectations of Kenny Florian were a bit too high for a guy who once fought at middleweight making his featherweight debut. Florian, who began his cut to featherweight weighing 180 pounds, coasted to a decision victory against Diego Nunes.  Even though his cardio was still as good as ever, Florian looked too slow against Nunes to be a threat to the top featherweights. In all fairness to Florian, however, he may have been slow simply because this was his first fight at featherweight.  Even though he is more than likely next in line for a title shot, he should probably be given one more fight at featherweight to adjust his weight cut before being offered up to Jose Aldo.

With his victory against Demian Maia, Mark Munoz becomes a contender at middleweight. He looked impressive last night by avoiding submissions from Demian Maia on his way to a unanimous decision victory.  However, he also managed to get rocked on numerous occasions by the mediocre kickboxer.  Munoz will need to spend more time on his striking in order to survive the deep end of the middleweight division.

Speaking of spending more time on striking, Vagner Rocha and Jon Olav Einemo should probably do that as well.  Rocha was never given a chance to utilize his jiu jitsu against Donald Cerrone.  Cerrone, who leg kicked his way to the victory, was never in any real danger of being caught by Rocha’s desperate haymakers.  Then again, perhaps it is a bit unfair to be so hard on Jon Olav Einemo. Despite the time spent at Golden Glory, Einemo was coming off of a five year layoff against a dangerous striker, Dave Herman. What else were we to expect? If anything, it’s an accomplishment that he had Herman in trouble a few times during the fight, which is no easy task.  Another fight in the UFC will see whether or not Einemo can still be a competitor in today’s MMA scene.  Just not against Shane Carwin.

Full Results, courtesy of MMAMania.com:

Junior Dos Santos defeats Shane Carwin via Unanimous Decision
Donald Cerrone defeats Vagner Rocha via Unanimous Decision
Dave Herman defeats Jon Olav Einemo via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
Mark Munoz defeats Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision
Kenny Florian defeats Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision
Sam Stout defeats Yves Edwards via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Chris Weidman defeats Jesse Bongfeldt via Submission (Standing Guillotine Choke) Round 1
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Mike Massenzio via unanimous decision
Nick Ring def. James Head via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 3
Darren Elkins def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision
Dustin Poirier def. Jason Young via unanimous decision
Joey Beltran def. Aaron Rosa via technical knockout in round 3

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SnackDaddy- June 13, 2011 at 10:08 am
Cain and Dos Santos are in a whole different league than all the other heavyweights in the UFC. There's no point in making them fight anyone else other than each other.
mmacanada- June 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Carwin wasn't really a late replacement. He doesn't fit in that catergory. He was fighting on this card anyways, and let's be honest; he wasnt using a different gameplan whether it was jds, enimo, or cain for that matter. He just doesn't have what it takes to compete with the top guys. And it's a shame cause I thought he was good enough. But he just showed that his bread and butter is nothing when he's fighting the best. He looked scared in there.
k-onda- June 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm
MMA judges hate asians.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm
you should QQ some more. He also cut him on the top of the head right after he landed an Elbow.
Bob Villa- June 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm
@Dirt
Crap... I forgot the refs are never wrong and call every fight perfectly, much like the judges. Thanks for reminding me.
Dirt- June 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm
@ Bob Villa

The ref didn't seem to think it was illegal... he had a pretty good view
Get Off Me- June 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm
@Danomite
It was Hamilton who scored it 30-27 for Munoz. Crushco was kind enough to inform me in the thread below. It's funny because I thought the same judge was responsible for the 30-27 for Munoz and Elkins...sadly it's two different judges!
JDS is my boy, been a long time I've been saying he is championship bound, he was not all that conservative against Carwin. The third round he hardly lay n' prayed on Carwin for the whole round, I thought he simply showcased a part of his game that he has been working on in training. The fight should have been stopped in the first round like Herman v. Einemo, I thought JDS controlled Carwin in the 2nd and 3rd rounds nicely and once again showed us his evolving skill set. Carwin did not look like he was in a fight with anything other than a killer after three rounds.
danomite- June 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I'm willing to bet that it was Dave Hagen who scored it 30-27 for munoz. He's the guy who gave it 30-27 to Florian and 30-27 to Elkins(who shouldn't have even won at all, let alone all three rounds). There's a good chance that this is the same Dave Hagen that "created" his own martial art called DaJoGen. If that's the case then there's also a good chance he named his martial art after himself Da(ve)Jo(sephine)(Ha)Gen. And he may or may not have an 0-3 record as a professional fighter. So he's got that goin for him. I'm pretty sure they let the judges have monitors for this event so really, there are no excuses for being that shitty at your job. Given time, he might actually become a worse judge than Cecil Peoples.
danomite- June 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm
omg! dos santos is soooo boring. he was beating carwin so easily why didn't he finish him? all he did was jab, jab, jab. That's two fights in a row where he easily outclassed his opponent and couldn't finish him. it's obvious he's fighting not to lose instead of fighting to win. did you see the final round? he was just riding it out, took carwin down twice and just lay n' prayed the entire round. he's not a real fighter like guys like nick diaz and anderson silva. he's just an athlete.
rogerw- June 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm
The Munoz vs Maia 30:27 was fucking crazy. Ok, Munoz winning the fight is fine with me, but how the hell did he win the first round?
Dynamo- June 12, 2011 at 10:30 am
It seemed like one judge from every fight decided not to watch and just pick a winner before it started. How one judge had 30-27 on multiple fights is beyond me.
Bob Villa- June 12, 2011 at 10:27 am
@KAMC
He cut Nunes with an illegal elbow to the back of the head. Awesome.
sakurabasear- June 12, 2011 at 10:21 am
Omigawa was robbed, other than that I'm not too upset about the judges score cards. I think there's a little over reacting to the judging from 131.

Einemo needs to work on his hands. Another understatement of the year. He doesn't need to BJJ the rest of his life and will have better grappling than 99% of heavyweights in MMA.

Munoz won but would lose to Silva (or Stann for that matter).

Re-make the Carwin Einemo fight. I got Einemo.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 12, 2011 at 10:08 am
I enjoyed all of the article accept the part about Kflo and heres the reason. I've never really been a huge K-flo though I do run elbows just like him most of the time. Kenny last night made me a believer showing up to bang, he had great head movement amazing footwork and he really looked solid for someone who cut 40lbs to fight at a weight class MANY thought he didn't belong at. DO I think he should fight Jose Aldo next? No, certainly not. However I think one or two more fights and he'll be right in contention without a doubt. I think perhaps the next fight for K-flo is Mark Hominick and honestly what a banger of a match that would be. It would set both competitors up for a fight with Jose Aldo and if memory serves me right most of you enjoyed the fight with Aldo and Hominick so whats their to lose in a fans perspective from putting K-Flo against Hominick. Throw Chad Mendes at K-Flo I'd be perfectly okay with that as well the possibilities are endless for Kenny Florian at the moment. So many exciting match ups await him and his HelBows. Anyone notice how quickly He opened Diego Nunes up in that fight? Like a can of fucking tuna.
boober- June 12, 2011 at 9:59 am
There was nothing T about Stouts KO over Edwards.
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