UFC 131 Fight Card: Dos Santos vs. Carwin–Will It Live Up to the Hype?

JP SmithCorrespondent IIJune 2, 2011

With UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin set only two weeks prior to a somewhat disappointing UFC 130 main event, many are asking the same question; will UFC 131 be any different?

In short, the answer is a definite yes.

Just about every fighter on both the main cards and undercard matchups is known to bring the noise and especially Dos Santos and Carwin.

These two heavyweights throw some serious leather and both have great ground games; Carwin’s comes from a wrestling pedigree and Dos Santos is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt.

Both fighters have also said they will look to keep the fight standing. However, that could quickly change should one of them eat a big shot or if the fight happens to not be going either of their ways.

This winner of this fight gets a shot at American kickboxing Academy disciple, Cain Velasquez and both Carwin and Dos Santos will be looking for the finish.

In a UFC media conference call earlier this week, Dos Santos and Carwin gave their thoughts on how this fight could play out and what will make the difference as it relates to winning this important bout.

 “Junior is one of the top guys in the world. I have a ton of respect for him and the opponents that he’s fought. But, in the same sense, the focus is on me becoming a better fighter,” said Carwin, in response to a question regarding his training camp for the upcoming bout.

He went on to say, “This is a super exciting time for me. You only get very few opportunities like this in life. I’d like to go in there and make the most of it and do something that I love to do.

“When I got that call with an absolute yes that, not only do I get to fight one of the best guys in the world, but with the title shot on the line.”

“I think I’m a fast fighter, I have nice speed in my hands and in my movement. I think I’m a strong guy and I have enough skills to make it a hard fight with him,” said, Dos Santos.

Carwin replied, “You’re fighting the top guys in the world so, you just expect that every fight is going to be a war with all of these strengths.”

I have to agree with Carwin on this one. The UFC 131 main event will definitely be a war and this is one fight I don’t see going to decision.

Both fighters have a professional record of 12-1-0 and both are incredible strikers.

Dos Santos is the more technical of the two with his standup game and his ground game.

What Carwin lacks in technicality, he makes up for with brute strength and devastating power in his hands. He also has a good wrestling base that he has used to control all but one of his opponents.

“I really want to be the champion, the UFC heavyweight champion. So, now I have one more big challenge in front of me, Shane Carwin.

"He’s a very dangerous and I have to respect [him] and I respect. I believe so much in [myself] and I will work 100% to keep in line for the title,” said Dos Santos.

If you didn’t buy the UFC 130 PPV because you thought it wouldn’t be worth it, you definitely won’t want to miss UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin as the UFC is sure to deliver the goods this time around.