There isn't a blockbuster fighter in tonight's pay-per-view, and it doesn't matter.
If an average fight fan buys UFC 131 tonight, they are going to like what they see. No, Brock Lesnar is not back on the card. George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones are not fighting either. This fight card is all about quality of fights. Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker) has, once again, done an amazing job lining up dynamic fights.
The event is at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. It will start at, approximately, 9 PM EST. The arena is sold out, as is custom for all UFC events. Many fans are ready to see the top heavyweight contenders, Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos, fight. While that fight is going to be dynamite, there are others that will catch a normal fans attention.
Donald Cerrone will face Vagner Rocha in a lightweight bout.
Vagner Rocha enters the octagon for the first time in his career. Rocha enters the competition with a 6-1 record. He has one knockout and four submissions on his career resume, while boasting a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Most fight followers don't know him, but he is coming off an impressive armbar victory over Jacob Clark on May 7th at MFA-New Generation 5.
While Rocha is mostly unknown to MMA fans, Donald Cerrone is the exact opposite. His nickname is "Cowboy," and he usually wears a cowboy hat during his walkout. Cerrone has a career record of 14-3-1. He doesn't have a career knockout but does boast an impressive 12 victories by submission. As a WEC veteran, he posted 10 fights in the league before it was bought out by Zuffa (the company that owns UFC).
Carrone was considered one of the most exciting fighters in the WEC and was immediately accepted into the UFC lightweight roster. Cerrone earned his first UFC win in UFC 126 by submitting Paul Kelly with a rear-naked choke in the second round.The fight won the fight of the night bonus, and it was the fifth time in Cerrone's career that he had been a part of the fight of the night.
On a night that is sure to be filled with exciting fights, I am sure that Cerrone and Rocha won't disappoint the fans.
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