Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos and Other UFC 131 Fight Card Predictions

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos and Other UFC 131 Fight Card Predictions

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    UFC 131 is set to take place in Vancouver, Canada. It will follow not only the The Ultimate Fighter 13 finale, but also UFC 130 and the great card that was, UFC 129.

    UFC 131 produces some big names, and MMA reigns supreme with numerous month-long events by Strikeforce and the UFC.

    The card will end with a No. 1 contender bout for the heavyweight title, featuring Junior dos Santos, and Brock Lesnar.

    Who will walk away as winners at UFC 131?

Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes

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    PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) Lightweight champion BJ Penn battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Ge
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    Featherweight Bout

    Kenny Florian (14-5, 11-4 UFC)

    10 wins by submission, three by knockout and one by decision

    Three losses by decision, one by submission and one by knockout

    Diego Nunes (16-1, 1-0 UFC)

    Six wins by submission, five by knockout and five by decision

    One loss by decision

    Breakdown

    This is a good matchup, featuring two guys who know what they are doing on the ground. Nunes is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Florian is a second-degree black belt.

    If Florian is going to get one more shot at a UFC title before his career ends, here it is. A win over Nunes throws him into the contender conversation for a possible bout with Aldo later this year or even Mendes.

    Nunes is a very even fighter, recording six wins by submission and five wins by knockout. So either way he has a shot. Good fight ahead.

    Prediction: Nunes by unanimous decision

Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz

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    Middleweight Bout

    Demian Maia (14-2, 8-2 UFC)

    Eight wins by submission, four by decision and two by knockout

    One loss by knockout and one by decision

    Mark Munoz (10-2, 5-2 UFC)

    Five wins by knockout, four by decision and one by submission

    One loss by knockout and one by decision

    Breakdown

    Another fight with two ground specialists. Maia is a great practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Munoz is a former Division I national champion wrestler from Oklahoma State.

    Along with his great ground game, Munoz carries a heavy hand and is a pretty scary fighter (he is also a purple belt in BJJ). Maia may meet his match and give Munoz another win and a chance at becoming a possible contender for the middleweight title.

    Prediction: Munoz by unanimous decision

Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone

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    Lightweight Bout

    Mac Danzig (20-8-1, 4-4 UFC)

    10 wins by submission, five by knockout and five by decision

    Five losses by decision, two by submission and one by knockout 

    Donald Cerrone (14-3, 1 NC, 1-0 UFC)

    12 wins by submission and two by decision

    Two losses by decision and one by submission 

    Breakdown

    This is another bout that could go the full distance. Cerrone twice had troubles beating Ben Henderson and found himself being submitted in their second match. This bout may end the same way, because like Henderson, Danzig is an excellent grappler. Tough pick, but I have to choose one. 

    Prediction: Cerrone by unanimous decision

Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo

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    Heavyweight Bout

    Shane Carwin (12-1, 4-1 UFC)

    Seven wins by knockout and five by submission

    One loss by submission

    Jon Olav Einemo (6-1, 0-0 UFC)

    Five wins by submission and one by knockout

    One loss by decision

    Breakdown

    This is Einemo's first fight in almost five years, so rust will definitely play a factor in this bout. Carwin is too strong and too good for Einemo. Carwin is coming off an injury and this is a good return bout for him. The match should be an easy win for Carwin.

    Prediction: Carwin by second round TKO

Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos

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    No. 1 Heavyweight Contender Bout

    Brock Lesnar (5-2, 4-2 UFC)

    Two wins by submission, two by knockout and one by decision

    One loss by submission and one by knockout

    Junior dos Santos (12-1, 6-0 UFC)

    Eight wins by knockout, three by submission and one by decision

    One loss by submission

    Breakdown

    The closer we get to UFC 131, the more I lean towards JDS. JDS is a fantastic striker and is definitely someone who could pick apart Lesnar.

    If Lesnar gets the fight to the ground, this could become a hugfest and Lesnar will walk away with a unanimous decision. Lesnar wants to win this fight badly and has a huge chip on his shoulder.

    JDS is just too quick and too strong to lose, however. Lesnar will make it out of the first round but will break in the second round.

    Prediction: JDS by second round TKO