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UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin might not have been the original plan, but it's a dandy backup.
Junior "Cigano" dos Santos and Shane Carwin, arguably the top two contenders at 265 pounds, will set off their unique brand of fireworks on Saturday night at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, and the mixed martial arts world cannot wait.
Sure, we were supposed to be treated to a different, even more apocalyptic clash between JDS and Brock Lesnar.
Unfortunately, the Vanilla Gorilla's ongoing struggle with diverticulitis scrapped what was supposed to be the capstone to The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos. Consequently, the UFC had to break the glass on its emergency plan and the pairing that materialized didn't disappoint a soul (unless you happen to be more WWE than MMA, but those wayward masses don't count in my book).
That's because the collision between Dos Santos and Carwin—both of whom possess nuclear warheads in each hand—could actually be better than the highly anticipated one between Cigano and Brock.
There are voices in the sport who will tell you Lesnar is still wildly overrated and that, despite his submission of Carwin at UFC 116, Brock is less equipped to deal with Junior's often-overwhelming standup arsenal than the Denver native he choked out.
If Carwin has improved his conditioning since gassing against Lesnar, those voices might just be right.
But we'll have to wait to find out.
So join Bleacher Report at cageside in the Great White North and get up-to-the-minute results for each fight listed below:
Main Card Bouts on Pay-Per-View
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin—Dos Santos defeats Carwin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman—Herman defeats Einemo by TKO (punches) at 3:19 of second round.
Vagner Rocha vs. Donald Cerrone—Cerrone defeats Rocha by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz—Munoz defeats Maia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes—Florian defeats Nunes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Preliminary Card Bouts on Spike TV
Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards—Stout defeats Edwards by KO (left hook) at 3:52 of the first round.
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman—Weidman defeats Bongfeldt by submission (standing guillotine) at 4:54 of the first round.
Preliminary Card Bouts on Facebook/YouTube
Krzystof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio—Soszynski defeats Massenzio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).
Nick Ring vs. James Head—Ring defeats Head by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of the third round.
Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young—Poirier defeats Young by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa—Beltran defeats Rosa by TKO (punches) at 1:26 of the third round.
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa—Elkins defeats Omigawa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
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