After a bit of a bad start, Nick Ring turned it around and completely dominated James Head, finally finishing him with a rear naked choke in the third round of a middleweight fight at UFC 131.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Head knocked down Ring with a clean shot in the first, which was pretty nice. Either that, or a whole second round of Ring brutalizing Head on the ground, busting him wide open in the process. A no-hooks rear naked choke isn't something you see everyday either. I really have a hard time picking one high spot, don't I?
Where do these guys go from here?
Nick Ring is still undefeated in his career at 12-0 and is 2-0 in the UFC. While everyone short of Nick and his family think he should have lost the decision to Riki Fukuda at UFC 127, facts are facts and he should get a solid UFC veteran for his next outing. Perhaps one of the contestants in the Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara matchup at UFC 133.
James Head could be a one-and-done in the UFC after getting thoroughly dominated like that. He did start well though, so there might be a chance he sticks around. If so, it will probably be to battle someone else from TUF 11 or a guy like Jesse Bongfeldt, who also lost on the UFC 131 card.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. It had a lot of interesting moments and was full of brutality. From the first knockdown to the oddles of blood to the no-hook rear naked choke finish, it was a pretty entertaining fight. I'm not sure James Head would agree with that statement from the second round on, but it's worth 14 minutes of your time.
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