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MMA Analysis: UFC 131 Preview, Predictions

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It’s sort of sad that there is not a considerable greater amount of press and hype surround this weekend’s UFC 131 taking place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. 

Granted, the UFC suffered a blow when its cash cow Brock Lesnar was forced of the card with diverticulitis.  However, the funny thing is that I’m actually more excited for the main event now that Shane Carwin will trade bombs with Junior dos Santos.  Best thing about it all is the fact that the entire card will be available to fans through the internet, cable TV, and PPV outlets. 

In fact, UFC 131 will mark the debut of the UFC streaming the prelim fights live on YouTube. 

Below is the info on the card along with my sure to be wrong predictions for each fight.

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PPV Main Card:

Shane Carwin (12-1) vs. Junior dos Santos (12-1)
Prediction:  Dos Santos by 2nd RD TKO

Kenny Florian (14-5) vs. Diego Nunes (16-1)
Prediction:  KenFlo by unanimous decision

Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) vs. Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman (20-2)
Prediction:  Herman by decision

Demian Maia (14-2) vs. Mark Munoz (10-2)
Prediction:  Munoz by 3rd TKO

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (14-3-1) vs. Vagner Rocha (6-1)
Prediction:  Cerrone by decision

Spike TV Prelims

Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout 
Preditcion:  Edward by 2nd RD submission

Chris Weidman vs. Jesse Bongfeldt 
Prediction:  Weidman by decision

Facebook/YouTube Prelims

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio
Prediction:  Soszynski by decision

Nick Ring vs. James Head
Prediction:  Head by TKO

Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
Prediction:  Poirier by decision

Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
Prediction:  Rosa by submission

Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins
Prediction:  Omigawa by decision