On June 11, 2001, the UFC will hold its highly-anticipated “Dos Santos vs. Carwin” event, featuring Heavyweight wrecking machines Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin going toe-to-toe. Also, Kenny Florian fights at Featherweight for the first time in his career in a fight against Diego Nunes that has serious championship implications. Still, some fans may be asking themselves: what are the best reasons to check out this card? Here’s my answer to just that: 5 reasons to watch UFC 131: “Dos Santos vs. Carwin”.
5. Five free fights on Facebook or YouTube. Pick your online video sharing poison.
For the first time, the UFC’s preliminary fights will be available through YouTube as well as through Facebook. And unlike the UFC’s Facebook stream, watching the YouTube stream doesn’t require a YouTube account nor any sort of “like” button. Even better, with several interesting fighters scheduled to compete, these prelims seem like they could be another sleeper hit in the grand tradition of many “UFC Prelims LIVE” shows being sleeper hits.
This fight strikes both men at very interesting points in their careers. After debuting in the UFC and being hyped as the next Royce Gracie, Maia has vanished from the title picture altogether. He’s about as much of a non-entity as it can get. Meanwhile, Mark Munoz is trying very hard to overcome his status as a journeyman. Both men need big wins to revitalize their careers, and if that brings out the best in both fighters, then we’re in for a good fight.
3. The always-entertaining Donald Cerrone.
Donald Cerrone is a very controversial man, but he’s also one heck of a fighter. Cerrone is currently on a three-fight win-streak with two submissions, having successfully made his UFC debut in a “Fight of the Night” fight against Paul Kelly. Cerrone faces the relatively unknown Vagner Rocha, so you’ve got to think that Cerrone won’t take kindly to this step back in competition. Cerrone always turns it up a few notches when he’s angry, and judging by his recent verbal tirade where he accused several fighters of being afraid to fight him… Donald Cerrone is a very angry man right now.
2. Does Kenny Florian choke in big fights?
How many more chances at a championship does Kenny Florian deserve? If you ask some people, they’ll answer “not many” or even “none”. Others say “however many until he finally gets one or gets on a high enough losing-streak to get released”. Florian has fought at many different weight classes and hasn’t found a way to get the gold in any of them. This could be his last resort, and if it doesn’t work out for him, we may see Florian crowned as one of the best lighter-weight UFC fighters to never hold a championship.
And the number-one reason to watch UFC 131 is…
1. The main event, of course.
Junior dos Santos has never fought a striker like Shane Carwin, and Shane Carwin has promised that he has undergone several drastic changes and is now deadlier and more focused than ever. Likewise, Shane Carwin has never fought a striker like Junior dos Santos, and Carwin’s big bombs may not add up to much if he can’t find the head of his elusive, lightning-quick opponent. It may not be as big as Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos… but it certainly comes close.
So there you have it, fans and friends: five great reasons to tune in and see UFC 131.