Below you’ll find some freshly compiled facts, trivia and stats we’ve dug up from last night’s UFC 131: Carwin Vs Dos Santos event.
– Junior Dos Santos stretched his unbeaten run in the UFC to seven fights last night. That earned him a title shot against Cain Velasquez who coincidentally also has a 7-0 record inside the UFC’s Octagon.
– Highlighting Dos Santos dominance in this fight, the Brazilian outstruck Carwin by a margin of 104-22 over the course of the three rounds, and by 52-7 during the first round beatdown.
– Shane Carwin has now been out of the first round just twice in his MMA career. He’s lost on both occasions.
– Kenny Florian now holds a UFC record for having fought at four different weight-classes – entering the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 at middleweight before dropping down to welterweight, lightweight and now featherweight.
While not yet official Florian is expected to get to fight for the title at 145lbs where he’ll be hoping that the third time’s a charm after having lost in his previous two title shots at lightweight against Sean Sherk and BJ Penn.
– At UFC 73 back in 2007 Florian famously stated that “I finish fights.” Despite failing to do so last night, he has largely stuck true to his word with 13 of his 15 career wins being ended inside the distance.
– If you were left scratching your head at how Mark Munoz scored a 30-27 victory on one judges scorecard despite having appeared to have lost the first round convincingly then you’re not the only one. According to FightMetric Maia outstruck him by 23-7 in that round, 20-5 as far as significant strikes go.
Furthermore, FightMetric’s own scoring system asserts that Maia should have won the entire fight, and that based on the 10-point must system the fight should have been declared a draw. The judges disagreed, awarding Munoz a unanimous decision victory.
– Prior to last night’s bout Jon Olav Einemo hadn’t fought in over four and a half years. The man who defeated at UFC 131, Dave Herman managed to compile his entire pro MMA record of 20-2 during that same period.
– Add Herman to the list of UFC heavyweight ‘finishers’ as 20 of his 21 victories have come before the final bell – 15 of them by some form of knockout.
– Sam Stout wasn’t able to add to his impressive collection of five ‘Fight Of The Night’ awards in the UFC, but was thankful to finally claim his first ‘Knockout Of The Night’ award.
He later admitted he was a little embarassed that he hadn’t KO’d anyone yet in 10 previous UFC fights despite carrying the nickname ‘Hands Of Stone.’ Far from it in fact since 9 of those 10 fights ended by decision.
– Dana White claimed at the post-fight press conference that Stout’s KO of Yves Edwards was “one of, if not the most vicious knockout in UFC history,” so it’s fair to say it was worth the wait.
– The UFC president was so angered and bemused by the judges decision to award Darren Elkins a clear cut decision win over Michihiro Omigawa despite the Japanese fighter appearing to have come out on top that he immediately cut Omigawa his win bonus and says the UFC will treat it as if he did win.