Not too many people predicted the main event at UFC 131 would end in a decision. Even the two heavyweights battling for a title shot thought it would end quickly. The fact that it lasted all three rounds didn't make it any less of an exciting fight, and while we would have all loved a spectacular KO from either of these elite strikers they still put on an incredible show.
Props have to be given to Shane Carwin. The Engineer showed incredible heart, and improved cardio in what turned out to be an epic battle, one that he nearly lost at the end of the first round as Dos Santos rained punches down onto him, much like Carwin did to Lesnar at the end of their first round back at UFC 116 nearly a year ago, only this time he was on the receiving end. His face was bloodied, his nose broken broken, but you could still see as he stood there for the 3rd round, that Shane Carwin wanted to be a fucking fighter.
What's next for Carwin? Who know's?!? There's a plethora of rich and exciting talent in the Heavyweight division and no doubt we'll all be playing matchmaker for him over the next couple of months. If I had to make a pick, off the top of my head I'd have to say..... Carwin vs Travis Browne.
That leads us to last nights victor. One of the most fluid and effective strikers in MMA today, he's a humble man and a great ambassador for the sport, but make no bones about it Junior Dos Santos is a bad motherfucker. He skillfully picked Carwin apart last night making use of his slick jab and always effective lead uppercut. There was a great show of confidence in his boxing, especially when you think about who he was standing in front of, it was a confidence that only faltered for a moment after he got clipped by Carwin against the cage in the 2nd round. At least I think it was the 2nd, but after a joint, 6 beers, time spent drooling over our hosts Austin Martin Vantage and a cigar that made my head spin like a top, it's sometimes hard to remember all the little details.
One thing that sticks in my mind is that he even displayed some wrestling skills when she slammed his bloodied opponent to the ground, twice, during the 3rd round (again, I think it was the 3rd, so fuzzy). Dos Santos proved last night that's he's the legitimate #1 contender and a serious threat to Cain Velasquez's title.