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The Five Burning Questions Heading to UFC 131

Written on June 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before UFC 131 kicks off on June 11, answer these five burning questions first.

UFC 130 is now written in the books. And while many fans were disappointed in the performances of the two main events, the fighters in the preliminary card were able to steal the spotlight from the big names. Meanwhile, UFC’s next event will be the UFC 131 that will feature Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin.

What follows are five burning questions heading to UFC 131, which will kick off on June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.

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Junior Dos Santos: Ready to Continue His UFC 131 Heavyweight Drive

Written on June 03, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Shane Carwin takes his stride to the top of the heavyweight division slower, as he become wiser for the coming days.

Junior Dos Santos skyrocketed to the top of heavyweight division with his six-fight winning streak. He was almost on the verge of getting his title shot at UFC 129, but his patience was tested. The current champion, Cain Velasquez, discovered a severe injury, hence Junior Dos Santos took a coaching stint at TUF 13. He took the opportunity of great exposure while holding on to a promise of No. 1 contender bout against Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, the latter is suffering a second attack of Diverticulitis. That said, Shane Carwin was tapped to face Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131 instead.

The opponent switching was okay with Junior Dos Santos, but ten months without a fight is such a long time. Good thing, UFC kept him busy with TUF 13. In fact, he learned a lot on how to teach on a reality show, he made several new friends, albeit he has yet to patch things up with his former assistant coach — Lew Polley.

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Shane Carwin Grabs the Opportunity for Title Elimination at UFC 131

Written on June 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Shane Carwin shares his excitement on facing Juniors Dos Santos at the main event of the upcoming UFC 131.

Though he might a be a stand-in for UFC 131, Shane Carwin proves that he is certainly not a push-over with his 12-1 career record. The former interim heavyweight champion grabs the opportunity to step into the main event of UFC 131, battling it out against Junior Dos Santos. Both Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos will step in the Octagon with identical 12-1 records, together with their reputation as entertaining, stand-up fighters.

“Both dos Santos and I got to where we’re at by knocking guys out on our feet. I think we’re both explosive fighters and I think the fans are going to have a real treat at UFC 131 when it gets to that main event knowing both guys have knockout power in their hands.”

Shane Carwin was originally set to face UFC rookie, Jon Olav Einemo, in the tournament’s undercard. But he was tapped to replace Brock Lesnar in the headlines, as the latter withdrew due to re-occurring Diverticulitis. His last fight marks the only smear in his professional MMA resume, where he was defeated by Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 last year. Shane Carwin is now eager to get back into the competition, and put the lessons from that loss to use.

UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin will kick off on June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vacouver, Canada.

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Vagner Rocha Replaces Mac Danzig at UFC 131

Written on May 19, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Vagner Rocha replaces Mac Danzig at UFC 131 to face WEC lightweight champion, Donald Cerrone.

Vagner Rocha agreed Tuesday night to take Mac Danzig’s place in fighting WEC lightweight champion, Donald Cerrone, at UFC 131 due to injury.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belter, Vagner Rocha, is a well experienced Bellator and Strikeforce talent with a 6-1 record. His only defeat came from Bret Bergmark via a unanimous decision at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Werdum. Due to Mac Danzig’s unexpected back-out, Vagner Rocha has few weeks left to undergo training against Donald Cerrone.

It is still unknown whether Spike TV will air the event’s live telecast. The UFC 131: Junior dos Santos vs Shane Carwin will air live on pay-per-view from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 11.

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Shane Carwin Steps in for Brock Lesnar at UFC 131

Written on May 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After his Diverticulitis strikes again, Brock Lesnar pulls out of his UFC 131 bout against Junior Dos Santos.

Former UFC heavyweight champ, Brock Lesnar, was forced to withdraw from his UFC 131 bout against Junior Dos Santos, due to a re-occurrence of his Diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is a condition of the colon, wherein pouches are formed and become inflamed. It can be treated through antibiotics or through excising a part of the colon.

Brock Lesnar admitted that he’s been battling the symptoms for the past three months, but still undecided whether to have a surgery or not. However, he spent 14 hours undergoing medical examination and meeting with the doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota last Wednesday. Surgery is an option, but Brock Lesnar said that he’s still accumulating information.

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Shane Carwin vs Jon Olav Einemo, Official for UFC 131

Written on March 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Shane Carwin will face newcomer, Jon Olav Einemo, at UFC 131: Brock Lesnar vs Junior dos Santos.

UFC President, Dana White, officially announced that Shane Carwin will face promotional newcomer, Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131 on June. As previously reported, Shane Carwin was expected to fight the UFC Fight Night 24 winner of Jon Madsen vs Mike Russow. However, the promotion informed the interim heavyweight champ that Einemo specifically requested a fight with him.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and grappling specialist, Jon Olav Einemo is a 35-year-old Norwegian who won the 2003 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. He has fought in Shooto and PRIDE, and anchors with him six career victories. Shane Carwin, on the other hand, hasn’t fought since UFC 116 after suffering a second round submission loss to former heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar. He was expected to face Ben Rothwell at UFC 131, but the latter is still undergoing recovery from a recent surgery.

Will the newcomer, Jon Olav Einemo, beat the veteran in Shane Carwin? Leave your insights below.

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Shane Carwin to Train with Fedor Emelianenko?

Written on January 18, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"Fedor has been a good guy to me. After the Lesnar fight, he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter." ---Shane Carwin

The world of MMA’s top heavyweights will collide but not in the octagon.

In a media call promoting the February 12 bout with Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko said his fight camp will be based in Russia but he’d like to train with someone such as Shane Carwin. The Strikeforce grand-prix entrant and famed veteran wishes to train with his fellow heavyweight title holder. Carwin, though US based, said it is an “honor” to join Emelianenko in such training.

In a post on the forum “The Underground,” Carwin, once an interim champ who gave a defeated blow to Brock Lesnar in 2010, shares his affinity to Emelianenko.

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Shane Carwin Returns to the Octagon

Written on October 06, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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After his UFC 116 fight, there came no bookings for Shane Carwin. Our resident heavyweight had long waited and now he's totally on the run again. As UFC plans their 2011 opening event, Shane Carwin earned a slot on the wild card.

Shane Carwin, former title challenger, is expected to return on January 1. Today, he tweeted tentative booking for the 2011 opening for UFC. The UFC 125 main card that will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Not official about the opponent but Carwin expects someone who is part of the PPV.

Carwin (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), hasn’t entered the cage since UFC 116. He lost on the second round via submission to Brock Lesnar. Before that, he had 12 consecutive wins all via stoppage. Knockouts of UFC fighters Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir gave him a title as the world’s top-10 heavyweight rankings.

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