SHORT PREVIEW OF SATURDAY’S UFC 131
Bethlehem, PA- UFC 131 airs this coming Saturday, June 11 and will feature heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos in the main event. Don’t sleep, let alone blink on this one, because I anticipate it will not last very long. Dos Santos (12-1, 8 KO’s 3 subs) is undefeated in six fights in the UFC, winning all but one via TKO. Originally scheduled to fight UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar before he became ill, he now faces Carwin who possesses the exact record at (12-1, 7 KO’s 5 subs), the same Carwin that came a whisker away from beating Lesnar for the title.
SHANE IS NO “TBA” OPPONENT TYPE
Sometimes in both boxing and MMA, you’ll see fighter A taking on an opponent TBA. Usually, TBA stands for “To Be annihilated. Carwin is far from some throw in replacement, as he is a former interim world champion who possesses a very similar fighting style to Lesnar. I truly believe one punch is going to determine the outcome of this fight and it can easily come from either fighter, but I am predicting in the end it will be Dos Santos standing over a prone if not knocked out Carwin. While the book is still out on whether or not Dos Santos can fight off his back, which is a strong possibility against Carwin, a damn’ good wrestler, that is still a mystery.
CARWIN THREW SINK AT BROCK BEFORE PETERING OUT!
Meanwhile, we have seen a flaw in Carwin’s game when he gassed against Lesnar and ended up getting submitted after nearly beheading the champ in round one. According to Carwin, he has addressed this issue by changing his nutrition and training regimen. However, it is that one flaw and the fact that I believe Dos Santos is the better boxer that prompts “Slammin’ Sammy” to give him the nod here.
CROWD FAVORITE FLORIAN ON SAME BILL
One other fight I am looking forward to on this card features former lightweight contender Kenny ‘Ken-Flo’ Florian (13-5, 3 KO’s, 9 subs) who will be making his featherweight (145 lbs.) debut. His opponent will be natural featherweight contender Diego ‘The Gun’ Nunes (16-1, 5 KO’s, 6 subs). These are two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylists with a wide array of striking skills as well. It will be interesting to see whether Florian can be as effective at 145 and whether Nunes can deal with Florian’s size and experience; my pick is Florian by decision. We’ll find out soon enough, enjoy the fights.
“Slammin’ Sammy” Perez