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UFC 131: Joey Beltran Vs. Aaron Rosa

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. To access our full coverage, click here.

Jerin Valel (a Superman villain?) is the third man in the cage for this heavyweight bout.

Round 1: A touch of gloves gets this one started. Beltran moves in behind some punches to clinch Rosa against the cage. Beltran tags Rosa with a pair of nice lefts and continues to bull him into the fence. They two trade shots from the clinch, with Beltran landing the harder shots. They break and throw down from the pocket, trading punches with reckless abandon. With Rosa bleeding from the nose, they hit the cage again. Rosa throws a leg kick. A nice right hand by Rosa. The two slug it out again on the fence and Beltran disrupts Rosa’s attack with a good inside leg kick. Beltran working some body shots on the cage, some nice elbows as well. Beltran showing shades of Randy Couture here, beating on Rosa from inside the phone booth. They start to trade punches wildly again until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Beltran

Round 2: Rosa sticks Beltran with a jab while “The Mexicutioner” looks to land an inside leg kick. Beltran with a nice right leg kick, followed by a solid multi-punch combination that backs Rosa into the fence, where Beltran engages the clinch. Rosa lands a hard left hook. Beltran punctuates a combo with a good inside leg kick. Rosa with a nice right hand, knee to the body. Beltran pushes him back into the fence. Beltran accidentally lands low with a knee and Rosa immediately crumbles to the mat. He got hit in the head with another knee on his way down. Rosa gets to his feet in fairly short order. They touch gloves and keep going. Rosa lands a nice leg kick. Rosa lands a hard right while Beltran moves in and really puts the pressure on, backing him into the cage with punches before landing low with a knee of his own. Beltran gets back to it quickly as well. Beltran initiates the clinch again and works some knees to the thighs. Back in the middle, they go back to the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game, as Rogan puts it. They both trade punches after the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Beltran

Round 3: Rosa lands some hard shots early. Rosa tries for the double and Beltran hits him with a glancing knee. A big uppercut lands for Beltran and Rosa returns with a shot of his own. Beltran gets Rosa to the mat against the fence, where he absolutely hammers him with knees to the body and some big punches and elbows. Rosa gets to his feet, but Beltran gets him back down and hammers away at an increasingly bloodied Rosa until Valel pulls him off.

Joey Beltran defeated Aaron Rosa at 1:20 of round 3