SBN will be offering quick but comprehensive previews of each fight on the main card of UFC 131. We will look at each aspect of the fight game: Range Fighting, Clinch Fighting, and Ground Game; and break down which fighter has the advantage in each category.
Each major category is further broken down into sub-categories. These are:
- Range Fighting: Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling
Clinch Fighting: Dirty Boxing, Thai Clinch, Throws/Trips
Ground Fighting: Positional Control, Top Game, Bottom Game, Submissions
Since it's a binary choice -- either one fighter is better at a certain aspect or it's a tie -- the rankings are just descriptive, not a formal ladder. IE if I rate one fighter's boxing as "lethal" and the other fighter's boxing as "extremely dangerous" just look to see which fighter I gave the nod in that category to find out if "lethal" is indeed better than "extremely dangerous" (it is).
UFC 131 was originally supposed to feature a headlining fight between former champ Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. That fight was cancelled when Lesnar required surgery for his diverticulitis. Shane Carwin stepped up to face dos Santos. The winner is expected to face UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez when he returns from rotator cuff surgery in the fall.
The event is taking place Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It will be broadcast in three parts: pay-per-view, Spike TV and streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.
Here's the full line-up:
Pay Per View Card
Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Preliminary Card (Spike TV)
Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman
Preliminary Card (Facebook and YouTube):
Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
Mike Massenzio vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
James Head vs. Nick Ring