I was super satisfied with UFC 131. It was a great card up and down, and despite losing the main event fight in Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos -- it was pretty exciting to see how Dos Santos was able to handle a legit heavyweight in Shane Carwin. Along with the main event, there were many other standouts at UFC 131.
1. Junior Dos Santos -- He showed everyone why he's considered one of the premier boxers in the UFC. Halfway through the first round, you can just see him get more and more comfortable and it spelled bad news for Carwin. Along with his superior striking, you saw a glimpse of his takedown defense and even when he was taken down -- he popped right up. This fight solidified his status as the #1 Heavyweight Contender.
2. Shane Carwin -- How can you have survived the first round Carwin went through? He was literally beaten to a pulp on the ground when Dos Santos rocked him. Being able to come back from that storm showed me that Carwin had a ton of heart since he was still trying to win the fight however battered up he was. He also was able to go three rounds with a premier heavyweight. Although, I still wonder if he got gassed or just beaten. Maybe both.
3. Sam Stout -- He still has the "Hands of Stone" and it showed against Yves Edwards. You know when you're watching Stout, you're going to get a show whether it's a Fight of the Night or in this case, Knockout of the Night. His knockout was super vicious. You could see Edwards head whip when he got hit and on top of that -- his head banged off the ground. I was super impressed with Stout from stopping himself for throwing more punches -- much like the Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia fight.
4. Mark Munoz -- I think Munoz just solidified himself in the upper echelon of the UFC Middleweight Division especially going through Demian Maia. In my opinion, Maia is a fighter who everyone should look at. He's goes for it every single time he fights and in this case -- he fell short. But that shows how good Munoz is. He was able to throw some bombs on the feet and on the ground while using his wrestling strategically. I wonder who the UFC gives him next.