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The biggest impressive performance of the night was put on by Junior dos Santos. It was a rough night for the Brazilians, but JDS compensated for it and then some. What was essentially a tossup going in, ended up being a lopsided beatdown of Shane Carwin.
Dos Santos picked his shots carefully, showed great stamina for all three rounds and was barely hit in 15 minutes. And it wasn't Carwin who landed the most impressive takedowns of the fight. Towards the end of the third round, dos Santos made Carwin look like an amateur.
The fight could have been stopped in the first round, but Herb Dean's decision to allow it to continue in such an important bout made sense. He allowed Brock Lesnar to continue when Shane Carwin was pounding on his face, so surely, he felt the need to give him the same benefit. Unfortunately, Carwin was on the losing end both times.
Next for dos Santos is a shot at Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. "Cigano" showed great hands and impressive takedown defense, which should make for a hell of a fight for the title.