Kenny Florian picked up a hard-fought decision victory in his featherweight debut over Diego Nunes at UFC 131. The fight was the co-main event of the evening.
What was the high spot of this fight?
He might have lost the fight, but my favorite moment was at the very end of the first round where Nunes dropped Florian with a solid right hook.
Where do these guys go from here?
It'll be very interesting to see what the UFC does with Florian here. Kenny says he's staying at 145 and Dana said it was "more than likely" he'd face Jose Aldo for the featherweight title next, but what about Chad Mendes? If Hatsu Hioki does indeed sign with the UFC, I couldn't think of a better first opponent than Florian. If not, the winner of the Tyson Griffin vs. Manny Gamburyan fight would be really good too.
Diego Nunes opened a lot of people's eye to the fact that he's a very tough guy at featherweight with his performance tonight. If Florian's going to get the title shot anyway, Nunes should definitely fight the winner of the Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya fight scheduled for UFC 133. Or Mark Hominick. Nunes vs. Hominick would be a very cool fight.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. This was a really entertaining fight that saw multiple momentum shifts and very good grappling, along with some very cool striking (especially from Nunes). This might have won fight of the night on a lot of other cards, but it was probably only the fourth-best fight on this card. That's how good UFC 131 was in general.
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