UFC 131 ended with a brutal main event between Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin. However, the brutality was one-sided as Carwin ended up with a bruised and bloody face for more than two rounds. Yet UFC 131 left a lot of people impressed that Carwin didn’t go down. The referee let him continue, completing a card in which the fighters weren’t the only headliners.
It was the judges who were put under fire in the earlier fights thanks to UFC president Dana White. After the event ended, he attacked the scorecards for several bouts, and outright stated that the judges were wrong in giving Darren Elkins a unanimous decision over Michihiro Omigawa. In fact, he stated he had “overruled” the results and would give Omigawa a winner’s purse.
The judging system now includes a cageside monitor, but White is still convinced they aren’t doing their job. However, he couldn’t argue with how they gave Dos Santos a unanimous decision in the main event since Carwin only narrowly stayed standing.
Carwin was put in as a replacement for an ill Brock Lesnar, so fans can only speculate if Lesnar would have withstood Dos Santos’ rampage. But it was Carwin who was left so bloody near the end of the third round, referee Herb Dean had to stop the round and have a doctor check if he could see.
He finally judged Carwin could go on, leaving him to get pummeled for a few final minutes. Yet despite the punishment, Dos Santos did not get a KO, so he had to win by unanimous decision. Although Carwin had no chance to win, just surviving the fight, in spite of a severely bloody face, was enough of a victory.
While some might question whether Dean should have stopped the fight earlier, White seemed to have used up all his protests for the referees, as he praised Dean as “the best in the business.” As for Dos Santos, he is a step closer to being the best in his business, since he now appears set to face heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez late in the year.
UFC 131 was brutal and somewhat controversial — so it was fitting that it was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, the co-host for Stanley Cup Final. But while local fans hope Rogers Arena won’t have to be cleaned up for Game 7 of the Canucks-Bruins series, White and company will get set to return to the States for UFC 132 in Las Vegas, on July 2.
Los Angeles Times- “UFC 131 live results: Junior Dos Santos defeats Shane Carwin by unanimous decision”
Bleacher Report- “UFC 131 Results: Shane Carwin’s Bloody Face Photos After Fight with Dos Santos”
MMA Junkie- “Dana White slams UFC 131 judging, praises Herb Dean as ‘Ëœbest in the business”