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Darren Elkins picked up a highly controversial decision win in his featherweight debut over a very game Michihiro Omigawa in the opening bout at UFC 131.
What was the high spot of this fight?
When the decision was read and MMA fans everywhere realized that we were in for a bad night of judging. The action during the fight was good, but there wasn't one moment that really stood out.
Where do these guys go from here?
Elkins picked up a win over a ranked fighter, so his future at featherweight is looking good (for now at least). A bout against a good striker would be an interesting style clash, but it might not make for the most exciting fight. The winner of the Nam Phan vs. Mike Brown fight at UFC 133 could be a possibility.
Dana White said that Omigawa would be given his win bonus and would definitely get another fight in the UFC because he thought Omigawa won. Most observers felt the same way, and this seems like a fair solution from the UFC president. Who he might get next is very hard to guess, but maybe when Cub Swanson's broken face heals, he could offer Omigawa an interesting challenge.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Later. While it was a solid fight, you're not missing a lot of action if you want a little while. If you're interested in seeing a travesty of scorecard justice though, you might want to watch it now.
More UFC 131 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos Impresses and Other Post-Hangover Thoughts - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 131 Results: FightMetric Reports for Dos Santos vs. Carwin, Florian vs. Nunes, and Maia vs. Munoz - Mike Fagan
UFC 131 Results: The Reality of Kenny Florian's Run in the UFC's Featherweight Division - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes Fight Video Highlights
UFC 131 Results: Was This Shane Carwin's Last Chance? - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 131 Results: What's Next For Show's Winners? - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin Fight Video Highlights
UFC 131 Results: Brainless Judging Prominent Despite Cageside Monitors - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Shane Carwin's Battered Face Says It All - Kid Nate
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Coming for Champ Cain Velasquez - Kid Nate
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 45: UFC 131 Results Review
UFC 131 Post-Fight Press Conference Video
UFC 131 Results: Junior dos Santos Outclasses Shane Carwin to Earn Title Shot - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Carwin vs. dos Santos - Play by Play and Live Commentary
UFC 131 Results: Kenny Florian Survives Scare, Bests Diego Nunes - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Mark Munoz Edges Demian Maia - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Dave Herman Stops Jon Olav Einemo - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Donald Cerrone's Kicks Too Much for Vagner Rocha - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Sam Stout Lays Out Yves Edwards - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Chris Weidman Submits Jesse Bongfeldt - Matt Bishop
UFC 131 Results: Krzysztof Soszynski Decisions Mike Massenzio - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Nick Ring Demolishes James Head After Early Scare - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Dustin Poirier Edges Jason Young in Exciting Battle - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Joey Beltran TKO's Aaron Rosa in Wild Affair - Leland Roling
UFC 131 Results: Darren Elkins Defeats Michihiro Omigawa by Unanimous Decision - Leland Roling