VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Junior Dos Santos bloodied Shane Carwin to win a dominant decision at UFC 131 on Saturday night, earning a shot at heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Twenty-two of their 26 combined fights had ended in the first round so no one was expecting a marathon. And Dos Santos (13-1) almost finished Carwin in the first, with a barrage of unanswered blows.
But Carwin (12-2) stayed up and the Brazilian made him pay, using his superior striking to batter Carwin’s face.
The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 for Dos Santos, who will face Velasquez in his next fight.