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UFC on Fuel TV 4: Chris Weidman dominates Mark Munoz

Mark Munoz (L) faces fellow former NCAA wrestler Chris Weidman at the weigh-ins for UFC on Fuel TV 4. Photo courtesy UFC.com

The headliner for The UFC on Fuel TV 4 had Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’  Munoz vs. Chris ‘All American’ Weidman.  Ideas swirled among fans and commentators that the winner might be in line for a shot at middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. Had the fight been lackadaisical, or had it gone three rounds, it likely would have elicited  a loud “Meh” from UFC president Dana White. Chris Weidman’s spectacular performance, however, may catapult him into said shot.  

Weidman shot in and got NCAA division I champion wrestler Munoz to the ground fast, and The Filipino Wrecking Machine spent the entire first round defending dangerous submission attempt after dangerous submission attempt. Evident off the bat was Weidman’s faultless balance and positioning, which affords him leverage but his opponent none. Munoz is an excellent, powerful grappler, but versus Weidman he was entirely outclassed.

Munoz did well to make it out of the first round, but in round 2 ended up on his back again. This time he was able to power out and get the fight standing. Although on paper Munoz had the edge here, Weidman again showed stellar positioning and posture with his technique. Munoz moved forward and started to throw combo, and as he extended himself, Weidman met his skullcap with a short, right elbow, putting Munoz face down on the mat.

Weidman threw punches long after ref Josh Rosenthal should have ended  it, but once the stoppage was made, Weidman raised his arms in triumph. If you’d doubted this fight could create the next contender for The Spider, you didn’t now.

“I want to thank God. I hope I don’t sound corny,” Weidman said. He proceeded to thank his trainers, his wife who has just given birth, and Munoz for being “…a true warrior.”

At only 9-0 (5-0 UFC), Weidman has demonstrated amazing technique and star potential. He has better applied wrestling than Chael Sonnen, especially when you add to that his wicked, relentless submission game. I don’t predict he’ll beat Silva, but at this stage Dana needs someone, anyone, who stands a chance. Welcome Chris Weidman to soon-to-be superstardom.

Munoz's 4 fight win-streak comes to an end and he drops to 12-3

Card notes

This free card on Fuel TV had a slew of great fights and finishes:

James Te Huna fought Joey 'The Mexicutioner' Beltran at light heavyweight. The two man’s men slugged it out for a full three rounds that had even hardened fans clenching their teeth. Te Huna won all the rounds, evident in Beltran’s hamburger face, but this fight won each $40,000 for fight of the night. The scrape will be on highlight reels for a while.

Brazilian Rafael 'Sapo' Natal beat the living crap out of Andrew Craig for a round and a half, but failed to finish and made the mistake of dropping his hands and gabbing to Craig. To quote Tuco in 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly', "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk."

Craig withstood tremendous punishment in the first, but by mixing low and high kicks was able to land shin to temple to put out Natal’s lights at 4:52 of the second. Craig moves to 9-0.

Anyone who shrugged at this event and found something supposedly better to do missed an exciting, excellent card. Click here for all the results.

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