UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin Main Card Preview
Before UFC 131 kicks off tonight, check out Fighting Insider's main card preview for the upcoming match.
Brock Lesnar’s forced withdrawal from his UFC 131 bout against Junior Dos Santos due to health issues opens the door for Shane Carwin. And with a heavyweight title shot possible to be the winner’s reward, fans can bet that both Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin will make a statement to get a crack at Cain Velasquez. The Dos Santos vs Carwin bout will surely end violently, but the rest of the main card is also ripe with meaningful plot.
Take a look at Fighting Insider’s UFC 131 main card preview.
1. Donald Cerrone vs Vagner Rocha
Donald Cerrone will bring in a technical stand-up, slick Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant of exciting fights at UFC 131. And these are the areas where Vagner Rocha can be an equal to the ‘Cowboy’. However, Vagner Rocha hasn’t really demonstrated more than Jiu-Jitsu. So unless he is a power wrestler that can execute necessary takedowns and top controls to dictate Donald Cerrone, he will only be frustrated with his opponent’s punches, kicks and clinches.
2. Demian Maia vs Mark Munoz
This bout is one of those fights, wherein none of the guys will be uncomfortable in any scenario. Demian Maia’s wizardry on the ground is well-established, while Mark Munoz’s stand-up is coming along nicely. If there is only one flaw in each of their game, the former doesn’t seem comfortable in the stand-up as he should, while the latter doesn’t have a top-level striking. However, Mark Munoz’s ground-and-pound is top notch and he unloads punches that can really damage. His submission defense, ability to scramble and willingness to do damage on the ground will serve him well in this match.
3. Jon Olav Einemo vs Dave Herman
A bout between debuting heavyweights pits Jon Olav Einemo against Dave Herman. While the former is far better in the technical Jiu-Jitsu, it can be neutralized with punches to the face. The latter’s takedown defense, on the other hand, looks a little shoddy when he tries to kick and execute various attacks. If their match hits the mat, Jon Olav Einemo might win by third-round submission.
4. Kenny Florian vs Diego Nunes
Coming from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Kenny Florian settled at 155 pounds after two victories in the welterweight. Diego Nunes, on the other hand, is a fresh face with a three-fight win streak. The real challenge here, though, is how well can Kenny Florian handle the drop to featherweight. This can be an opportunity for Diego Nunes to hold his opponent down for a decision. Still, the TUF season 1 contestant just have enough to stay sharp and dictate the pace.
5. Junior Dos Santos vs Shane Carwin
With Brock Lesnar out of the match due to a second bout of Diverticulitis, Junior Dos Santos gets Shane Carwin — a slower version of the former UFC heavyweight champion but with better striking prowess. While Junior Dos Santos’ boxing abilities makes him the best heavyweight in the stand-up, Shane Carwin has the tools to neutralize him. In addition to this, the latter can pose a serious threat to the former while on the feet. This could open chances to clinch or attempt takedowns. With Shane Carwin being rough, tough and powerful, he can emerge victorious tonight.
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