June 11, 2011 by staff
UFC 131, There’s an old saying “People like to see the big fight.” UFC 131 takes place this Sunday in Vancouver, Canada, and in line with the “major combat” mantra, the main event pits two of the most devastating strikers in the heavyweight division against each other, where winner gets a heavyweight title shot later in the year. Cue the fireworks.
Former UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin provisional is a beast. All combatants must wear padded gloves small in the octagon, rumor has it you need to customize 3plxL gloves due to abnormally large hands. Beyond the hype, Carwin brings some impressive numbers to the table. His MMA record is 11.1; his only loss is a bit unfortunate, against former champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 116. More revealing is the fact that each of his 11 wins has come by knockout, in the first round. If the fight goes to the ground, wrestling background that let you control your opponent and get a win by submission or ground-and pound. So with world-class wrestling and heavy hands, is there someone who can actually defeat the man of 120 kg of demolition?
Of course there are. He is a Brazilian called junior dos Santos.
Dos Santos is the current coach of this season of The Ultimate Fighter and is definitely one of the good guys in this sport. Outside the cage that is forever smiling, joking with other fighters and posing for pictures with his fan base growing. It is when the cage door is closed, so the changes.
Has a unique ability to throw hooks otherwise only see when you play as Ryu or Ken in the classic video game Street Fighter. His 12-1 record includes wins over some of the best heavyweights in the world, including Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, all of which ended up unconscious, staring at the lights after facing the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt dos Santos.
As they say in the industry, he likes to “stand and bang” and there are few who do it better. So what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Ask me Sunday night. One thing is certain cookie however; the main event bout between Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos is an absolute struggle. Scheduled for three rounds of five minutes, it would be foolish to take a bathroom break during the fight. With fists of rage that results from two of the best strikers in the business, one of them could get off at almost any time. At some point, the coup de grace, landing, not a question of if, but when.
This leaves us with the difficult task of choosing a winner. No wrestler has a clear advantage this fight really could go either way. You cannot separate the two on the basis of logical reasoning; I’ll go with Carwin by TKO in the second round. After all, hands should be large enough to require large bloody gloves, and that must mean something, right?
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