There were a few, but the best was likely halfway through the first when the two fighters were warned by the referee to keep busy, and responded immediately with a ferocious striking exchange that was more than a little similar to the glory days of Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. There were numerous other similar exchanges throughout the fight.
Where do these guys go from here?
Joey Beltran moved to 3-2 in the UFC and has quietly earned a lot of fans with his grit and tenacity. The logical matchmakers of the night want to see Dave Herman vs. Joey Beltran next, which is hard to argue with. Beltran's likely never going to see the top of the heap at heavyweight, but there are a few other entertaining matchups for him in the division if they're not interested in The Mexicutioner vs. Pee Wee.
It's tough to say where Aaron Rosa goes from here. The former light heavyweight took this fight on late notice, but it's still obvious that he is much bigger than he needs to be to be a competitive fighter in the UFC. He showed a lot of heart though, so you can expect the UFC to give him another shot. Perhaps a matchup with a guy that pulled out of 131 with an injury, Rob Broughton?
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. While it isn't exactly technical mastery, the fight was an awesome slugfest and full of action. Some might complain it looks similar to a toughman contest, but I'm willing to take off my elitist MMA fan hat every so often and just enjoy a good pier six brawl. You should too.
More UFC 131 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
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