UFC 131: Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin Results, Payouts, And Bonuses

Junior dos Santos became the number one contender with a brutal victory over Shane Carwin, and Kenny Florian outclassed Diego Nunes in his featherweight debut at UFC 131.

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UFC 131: Results, Payouts, And Fight Bonuses

After months of hype UFC 131 has reached a conclusion, leaving in its wake two freshly minted title contenders, several extended hospital visits, and a litany of exciting young prospects. Overall, the UFC's summer foray in Vancouver was considered a success, carrying an attendance of 14,685, while pulling down a live gate of $2.8 million despite battling waning local support from a community focused on the Canuck's Stanley Cup run.

Junior dos Santos brutalized Shane Carwin in the night's main event, putting on a boxing clinic on route to a bloody unanimous decision victory. The win all but secures a future heavyweight title bout between dos Santos and rehabbing champion Cain Velasquez. According to promotion head Dana White, the championship match will take place in late 2011.

In his featherweight debut, former-lightweight contender Kenny Florian outclassed Diego Nunes to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision victory. After recovering from a shaky first round, the TUF veteran utilized stifling technique and pinpoint precision to take charge of the match. Florian's triumph over Diego Nunes cannot be marginalized, as "The Gun" is ranked among the most-talented 145-pounders in the MMA world. Thus, on the heels of an impressive performance, it is highly likely that the popular UFC standout quickly vaulted his way directly into the featherweight title discussion.

Mark Munoz overcame an improved stand-up assault from Demain Maia to force a unanimous decision victory over the former title-contender. The win is now the fourth in a row for the rejuvenated UFC middleweight. With his recent success, it seems likely that Munoz will next be pitted against Brian Stann -- also the owner of a four fight win streak -- in a title eliminator match to determine a challenger for middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman defeated Jon Olav Einemo via a thundering knee-straight right combination in a match-up of heavyweight newcomers. The back-and-forth brawl was wildly entertaining and epitomized the sport's adulation of the heavyweight division. After the event, White declared the two would both receive $70,000 as the recipients of the ‘Fight of the Night' award.

WEC-veteran Donald Cerrone continued his climb through the UFC lightweight ranks, handedly defeating Vagner Rocha for his fourth consecutive victory within the Zuffa brand. Cerrone excelled on the feet, picking Vagner apart with an impressive stand-up game for which the Brazilian had no answer. The performance was yet another memorable affair, the kind of bout that "Cowboy" has crafted his reputation around delivering.

On the undercard, Sam "Hands Of Stone" Stout delivered big on his nickname, knocking out Yves Edwards with one of the most blistering knockouts MMA has seen in years. The Canadian's picture-perfect left hook crushed Edwards midway through the first-round, crashing the grizzled veteran from consciousness before he even touched the ground. The finish earned Stout an extra $70,000 and "Knockout of the Night" honors.

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The other televised undercard bout ended in a similarly spectacular way. Middleweight Chris Weidman craftily submitted Jesse Bongfeldt via a stunning standing guillotine choke with just six seconds remaining in the first frame. The impressive victory earned Weidman "Submission of the Night" honors.

Meanwhile, in the latest episode of horrible MMA judging decisions, featherweight Darren Elkins was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Japanese ace Michihiro Omigawa despite the fact that Omigawa unquestionably won the final two rounds. Afterwards, Dana White was visibly angry, slamming the judges in a tirade with MMA Fighting (transcribed by Fight Opinion):

"It's getting to the point now where I don't even know what to say any more.

Fans get pissed off and I get pissed off because these guys are hurting the fighters. It screws your record, it screws up your money, it screws up your legacy, everything, guys getting losses that shouldn't have losses, you know, Bones Jones shouldn't have a loss on his record right now, and the list goes on and on.

I can go on for days what's wrong with the officiating in this thing. The guys tonight, and what's even scarier is that we have fucking TVs in front of these guys. Maybe you couldn't see it before, maybe the lights or you had a bad angle, you have a television in front of you now. Anybody who, the guys who did those 30-27s tonight should never score another fight again. I mean, you have to absolutely not know what you are doing to score that fight 30-27.

There's nothing that I can do. Listen, I'm out here again, I'm talking to the athletic commission, the commission that oversees me and regulates me... fix it.

Back in the day when we watched boxing, you know, you had these fights out there and you'd go, ‘fixed, this was a fix, they needed this guy to win so they did this and that.'

Omigawa can say, hey, listen, Omigawa lost. It is what it is. I don't believe that. I veto, man. I don't think he lost. We're going to pay your money and we're going to treat you like you won."

As White alluded to, the UFC has decided to give Michihiro Omigawa the standard fighter's win bonus, as if he officially won the fight. Darren Elkins will still receive his formal win bonus.

UFC 131 Official Results:
Junior Dos Santos def. Shane Carwin via Decision (Unanimous)
Kenny Florian def. Diego Nunes via Decision (Unanimous)
Mark Munoz def. Demian Maia via Decision (Unanimous)
Dave Herman def. Jon Olav Einemo via TKO (Punches) at 3:19 of Round 2
Donald Cerrone def. Vagner Rocha via Decision (Unanimous)
Sam Stout def. Yves Edwards via KO (Punch) at 3:52 of Round 1
Chris Weidman def. Jesse Bongfeldt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:54 of Round 1
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Mike Massenzio via Decision (Unanimous)
Nick Ring def. James Head via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:33 of Round 3
Dustin Poirier def. Jason Young via Decision (Unanimous)
Joey Beltran def. Aaron Rosa via TKO (Punches) at 1:26 of Round 3
Darren Elkins def. Michihiro Omigawa via Decision (Unanimous)

Bonuses:
Submission of the Night: Chris Weidman ($70,000)
Knockout of the Night: Sam Stout ($70,000)
Fight of the Night: Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman ($70,000 each)

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UFC 131: Predictions, TV Schedule, And Betting Odds

UFC 131 is upon us. Saturday night in Vancouver, 24 fighters will take their place inside the Octagon and go to war, pouring every ounce of sweat and blood their bodies can muster into the fights of their lives. Can't you just feel the excitement?

The action all begins at 6 p.m., as five preliminary fights will stream live on the UFC's corresponding Facebook and YouTube channels. The undercard bouts scheduled to be broadcast are Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio, Nick Ring vs. James Head, Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young, Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa, and Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins.

Then, at 8 p.m., the final two preliminary fights will air live on SPIKE TV. Audiences in need of more free UFC will be treated to the undercard's main attractions, Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards and Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman

All of the excitement then leads into to the big show, as UFC 131 will begin its live broadcast on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. The main event features an enormous heavyweight scrap -- Shane Carwin vs. Junior dos Santos -- with the winner claiming the next shot at the UFC title as his reward.

The night's other co-headlining bout -- Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes -- features a reinvigorated ‘KenFlo' making his featherweight debut against top-ten opponent, ‘The Gun'. With a win, either fighter immediately throws his name into the title hunt.

The rest of the main card highlights a heavyweight bout between UFC newcomers: Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman; a middleweight bout that instantly casts the winner into the chase for the belt: Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz; and a lightweight bout that is sure to bring the fireworks: Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha. Whatever happens, it should prove to be an entertaining night.

UFC 131 Betting Odds & Predictions
Main Card:

Junior dos Santos (-170) vs. Shane Carwin (+130)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Carwin via first round knockout
Kenny Florian (-325) vs. Diego Nunes (+250)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Florian via unanimous decision
Jon Olav Einemo (+155) vs. Dave Herman (-185)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Einemo via second round submission
Demian Maia (-105) vs. Mark Munoz (-125)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Maia via spilt decision
Donald Cerrone (-525) vs. Vagner Rocha (+325)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Cerrone via first round submission

Preliminary Card (to be broadcast on Spike TV):
Sam Stout (-150) vs. Yves Edwards (+120)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Stout via third round TKO
Jesse Bongfeldt (+350) vs. Chris Weidman (-550)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Weidman via unanimous decision

Preliminary Card (to be streamed on Facebook/YouTube):
Krzysztof Soszynski (-525) vs. Mike Massenzio (+325)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Soszynski via second round knockout
Nick Ring (-130) vs. James Head (EVEN)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Ring via unanimous decision
Dustin Poirier (-500) vs. Jason Young (+300)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Poirier via second round knockout
Joey Beltran (+135) vs. Aaron Rosa (-165)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Beltran via third round TKO
Michihiro Omigawa (-280) vs. Darren Elkins (+220)
SB Nation Arizona Prediction: Elkins via unanimous decision

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UFC 131 Weigh-In Results: All Fighters Make Weight; Shane Carwin Vs. Junior Dos Santos Official

The scales have been tipped, and each bout of 'UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin' is now official. All fighters on the card successfully made weight during Friday's pre-event weigh-in.

Shane Carwin measured in at a surprisingly nimble (for him at least) 254 pounds, but still managed to outweigh his opponent, Junior dos Santos (239), by fifteen pounds. While the size differential between the two is not nearly as vast as some may have expected, it will be quite interesting to see how Carwin performs at the slightly lower weight.

Also noteworthy, former lightweight contender Kenny Florian had no trouble reaching his new featherweight target. Both "K-Flo" and his opponent, Diego Nunes, tipped the scaled at a spry 145 pounds.

UFC 131 will be held June 11th, at 9 p.m. in Vancouver, British Columbia. The action will be available to be seen live on pay-per-view.

UFC 131 Official Weigh-In Results
Main Card:
Heavyweight bout:  Junior Dos Santos (239) vs. Shane Carwin (254)
Featherweight bout: Kenny Florian (145) vs. Diego Nunes (145)
Heavyweight bout: Jon Olav Einemo (261) vs. Dave Herman (233)
Middleweight bout: Demian Maia (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Lightweight bout: Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Vagner Rocha (155)

Preliminary card (televised live on SPIKE):
Lightweight bout: Sam Stout (155) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
Middleweight bout: Jesse Bongfeldt (185) vs. Chris Weidman (186)

Preliminary card (streamed live on Facebook/YouTube):
Light Heavyweight bout: Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Mike Massenzio (201)
Middleweight bout: Nick Ring (185) vs. James Head (186)
Featherweight bout: Dustin Poirier (146) vs. Jason Young (145)
Heavyweight bout: Joey Beltran (247) vs. Aaron Rosa (261)
Featherweight bout: Michihiro Omigawa (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145)

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UFC 131 Dos Santos Vs. Carwin: Live Weigh-In Stream, Results

Fight day is almost upon us, and SB Nation Arizona is here is cover the action. Though, before the action can start all participating fighters must meet their required weights. Weigh-ins for ‘UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin' are scheduled to be held Friday, June 10th at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

The big event will be held June 11th, at 9 p.m. in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin. The pair will be required to weigh-in beneath the heavyweight limit, 265 pounds.

The card also features TUF-veteran Kenny Florian's debut in the featherweight division against Diego Nunes. The two fighters must weigh-in at or below the 145 pound limit, with a one pound allowance given if needed.

Click here for SB Nation's live stream.

UFC 131 Matchups
Main Card
:
Junior dos Santos
vs. Shane Carwin
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha

Preliminary Card (to be broadcast on Spike TV):
Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman

Preliminary Card (to be streamed on Facebook/YouTube)
:
Krzystzof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio
Nick Ring vs. James Head
Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins

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UFC 131 Announcements: Five-Round Main Events, UFC To Add Flyweight Division, ‘Rampage’ Vs. Jones At UFC 135

Dana White had plenty to say on Thursday, as a barrage of new announcements flooded out from the UFC 131 press conference. Needless to say, the biggest MMA organization in the world is refusing to rest on its laurels.

Firstly, the promotion head announced that the era of three-round main events as we know them has come to an end. In a surprising, but extremely intelligent move, the UFC has decided to shift all headlining bouts to five round affairs, regardless whether or not a title is on the line. The idea has long been brought up and mulled over, though it was not clear if it would ever come to fruition. 

This choice will prove to be wise, if only for the sole reason that it reduces the impact that the ringside judges -- and the state-commissions' archaic scoring system -- have on the sport. As strange as it is to say, bad decisions are expected in MMA. The phrase "never let it go to the judges" is widely repeated, and accepted, purely because said judges tend to be rather horrible at their job. At this point, it seems like almost every card is littered with one or two of these bizarre outcomes. As far as fight fans are concerned, the less chances for the judges to make a difference, the better.

Though, it should be noted that this policy only affects main events that have yet to be finalized within the organization. Thus, Phil Davis' UFC 133 headlining bout with Rashad Evans will stay a three-round affair.

White's second primary announcement indicated that the organization will be significantly growing in size once more. The voice of the UFC suggested that the promotion will be adding a 125-pound flyweight division "really soon", possibly by the end of 2011.

The announcement comes on the heels of the UFC's recent addition of the featherweight and bantamweight classes. This newest weight class will push the ever-evolving number of divisions within the organization up to eight, and heavily increase the amount of high-profile fights available to produce. 

However, a fairly demanding challenge will come in building the foundation of a division from the ground up. When the featherweight and bantamweight classes were introduced, the UFC had the luxury of importing entire ready-made rosters from the now-defunct WEC. No such advantage exists for the harder-to-come by 125-pound class. Thus, the organization will be forced to work overtime to create and promote a division of their own construction. 

When asked how a champion will be determined in the brand new weight class, White did not reject the sentiment that the most prudent route would be to hold a grand prix for the belt. A tournament would likely do wonders, introducing a myriad of new fighters to the fan base, while simultaneously drumming up significant excitement in the spectacle.

Also disclosed during the press conference was the fact that Nick Diaz has officially vacated his Strikeforce welterweight title in order to face UFC champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 in October. This move was expected, as the organization generally does not allow cross-promotion. It is significant to note, however, that this represents the first time the oft-troubled Diaz is officially a UFC fighter since leaving the organization on relatively bad terms in late 2006. No announcement has been made regarding the available Strikeforce title.

Lastly, White announced that fan-favorite Quinton ‘Rampage' Jackson will challenge Jon ‘Bones' Jones for the UFC light heavyweight belt at UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado on September 24th. Jones, fresh off a destruction of former-champion Mauricio ‘Shogun' Rua, was forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 133 bout against Rashad Evans due to ligament damage in his thumb. Other planned bouts for the card include a welterweight tussle between UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes and TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez.

‘UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin' will be held on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event is headlined by a heavyweight number one contender match between Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin.

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UFC 131 Online Streaming: Five Preliminary Fights To Be Streamed Live On Facebook, YouTube

In an increasingly connected world, it is becoming easier and easier for corporations to streamline the manner in which content is delivered to the consumer. Generally speaking -- and luckily for fight fans -- the UFC embraces this sentiment in a far greater capacity than most major organizations. The trend continues, as the UFC has announced their intention to stream UFC 131's five non-televised preliminary bouts on both the company's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Since ‘UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields', the UFC has experimented streaming the early preliminary matches on Facebook, and the results have been met with overwhelming approval. Now, given the success of the model, the world's largest fight organization is broadening the scope of access once more with a test run of a similar service on their YouTube page. If recent results are any indication, the ease of accessibility should make the plan a runaway success.

The five fights scheduled to be streamed feature several well-known mixed martial arts names, including two veterans of ‘The Ultimate Fighter' -- TUF 8's Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio and TUF 11's Nick Ring vs. James Head. The remaining scheduled bouts are Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young, Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa, and Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins.

UFC 131 is headlined by a titanic bout between Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos to determine the number one contender of the heavyweight division. The event will be held on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Medical Suspensions: Kyle Kingsbury, Nine Other UFC Fighters Suspended

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) have handed down medical suspensions to ten UFC fighters following Saturday's ‘The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale' event at "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Headliners Clay Guida, Anthony Pettis, and Anthony Ferguson did not incur any medical penalties.

Three fighters - Kyle Kingsbury, Danny Downes, and Chris Cope - felt the brunt of the suspensions, receiving six month notices each. All three, however, will have the opportunity to lighten the restrictions pending specific physician clearance.

Kingsbury's injury in particular was quite gruesome. Midway through his fight with Fabio Maldonado, "Kingsbu" suffered a left orbital fracture, which quickly swelled to vast proportions, enveloping his bloodied face. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly:

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Seven other fighters -- TUF 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem, Ken Stone, Fabio Maldonado, Tim Credeur, Shamar Bailey, Justin Edwards, and Josh Grispi -- received much shorter suspensions due to various lacerations or having been on the receiving end of a knockout. Ken Stone, on the heels of a brutal destruction from bantamweight contender Scott Jorgensen, received the longest of the restrictions -- a two month suspension.

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale medical suspensions:
Kyle Kingsbury: Suffered a left orbital fracture. Required to be cleared by an ophthalmologist or ENT, otherwise facing suspension until 12/02. Regardless, a minimum suspension will be imposed until 07/20. No contact allowed until 07/05.
Danny Downes: Required to have right hand x-rayed. Right hand and left shoulder need orthopedic doctor clearance, otherwise facing suspension until 12/02. Regardless, a minimum suspension will be imposed until 07/20. No contact allowed until 07/05.
Chris Cope: Required to have both thumbs x-rayed. If results positive, then must be suspended until cleared by an orthopedic doctor, otherwise facing suspension until 12/02.
Ken Stone: Suffered a knockout. Suspended from contest until 08/04. No contact allowed until 07/20.
Fabio Maldonado: Suffered a laceration on his right upper eyelid. Suspended from contest until 07/20. No contact allowed until 07/05.
Ramsey Nijem: Suffered a knockout. Suspended from contest until 07/20. No contact until 07/05.
Tim Credeur: Suffered a knockout. Suspended from contest until 07/05. No contact allowed until 06/26.
Shamar Bailey: Suffered a right cheek laceration. Suspended from contest until 07/05. No contact allowed until 06/26.
Justin Edwards: Suspended from contest until 07/05. No contact allowed until 06/26.
Josh Grispi: Suffered a knockout via blows to the body. Suspended from contest until 06/26. No contact allowed until 06/19.

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