UFC 131′s Three Stars: Stout, Herman and Munoz

Maggie Hendricks

Anyone who was disappointed with the UFC 131 lineup going into the fights was quickly quieted by the excellent performances in Vancouver on Saturday night. Top to bottom, UFC 131 featured exciting bouts that had huge implications in each fighters' division. Who stood out?

No. 1 star -- Sam Stout: In what UFC president Dana White called "one of the most violent knockouts he has ever seen," Stout knocked out Yves Edwards with a bang. His overhand left had Edwards out before he even hit the canvas. He won a $70,000 bonus for that knockout.

No. 2 star -- Dave Herman: After a career of jumping around promotions, Herman had the chance to impress after Brock Lesnar's surgery caused a reshuffling of the heavyweights at UFC 131. He took advantage of his slot on the main card, showing off an iron chin and devastating knees that eventually led to the win over Golden Glory-trained John-Olav Einemo.

No. 3 star -- Mark Munoz: Early in his bout with Demian Maia, Munoz looked surprised by the improved stand-up that Maia showed. By the second round, he had regained his composure and did a masterful job of mixing strikes and wrestling while holding off Maia's vaunted submission attempts. Now, Munoz is on the lookout for a title shot, and he impressed the boss. After the fights, Dana White said:

"Beating Demian Maia is a big deal. It was a good, tough fight tonight, and it was funny because Demian Maia looked awesome. The fact that he bought Demian Maia, and the fact that he beat Demian the way that Demian fought tonight was unbelievable."

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