Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin Head to Head: Who will win at UFC 131?Posted on June 6, 2011, 08:34 AM by Anton Gurevich
Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos and Shane "The Engineer" Carwin will meet this weekend at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, headlining the long-anticipated UFC 131 fight card. The winner will get a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title against the reigning Champion Cain Velasquez.
Here's a preview for what is without a doubt one of the biggest Heavyweight bouts in UFC history:
Junior Dos Santos
Striking: 55-45 Junior Dos Santos
Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos are famous for knocking their opponents out cold. Carwin has a demonic power in his hands, but when comparing the striking of those two Heavyweight monsters, it's a good idea too looked at the level of competition they faced inside the Octagon. Junior Dos Santos KO'd Stefan Struve, Fabricio Werdum, Gilbert Yvel and brutalized the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. All better strikers than Shane Carwin's victims - Neil Wein, Christian Wellisch and Frank Mir. Dos Santos is more technical and faster with his hands, while Shane Carwin mostly relies on his power. Cigano has the edge in this one, but there's always a chance that one well-timed bomb from Carwin will put the Brazilian heavy-hitter to sleep.
Clinch/Dirty Boxing: 65-35 Shane Carwin
Striking in the clinch combined with wrestling will be Shane Carwin's biggest advantages against Junior Dos Santos. "The Engineer" will weight around 20lbs more than Dos Santos, a crucial difference when fighting at the fence or in the clinch. But it's not all about the size (ask Frank Mir), Dos Santos simply never faced someone as strong and as skilled with dirty boxing like Carwin. Clinch will be Shane Carwin's first option after he realizes Junior Dos Santos is much faster with his hands. Carwin will look to make a dirty war out of this fight, relying on his size and strength advantage.
Wrestling: 80-20 Shane Carwin
Shane Carwin has a strong wrestling background, which was tested in a fight against Brock Lesnar. Carwin managed to defend Lesnar's takedowns in Round 1, proving the Minnesotan Viking that NCAA Div. II guys also can wrestle. Dos Santos never faced a takedown fighter inside the Octagon. Werdum, Cro Cop, Gonzaga, Yvel, Struve and Nelson didn't even try to take Junior Dos Santos to the ground. Shane Carwin will be a totally different story.
Submissions: 55-45 Carwin
Despite the fact that Shane Carwin was submitted by Brock Lesnar at UFC 116, I feel like "The Engineer" still has more than enough tools to submit Junior Dos Santos. Carwin has 2 Rear Naked Choke and 2 Guillotine submission victories, while Junior Dos Santos has only one RNC "W" over a 2-7 fighter Eduardo Maiorino. Plus, Dos Santos was armbarred by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Joaquim Ferreira back in 2007. Obviously, Carwin is not a BJJ Black Belt, but he still has a slightly better submission game than Junior Dos Santos, even in light of the fact that Cigano trains with the Nogueira brothers.
Photo: Junior dos Santos, left, fights Gilbert Yvel during UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker