Zuffa fired the second round of its three-event week of MMA last night as UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman hit the airwaves. Rafael dos Anjos (17-6) and The Assassin” Anthony Njokuani (15-7) opened the night with a light paced striking match. The card continued with a fast and furious affair between TJ Dillashaw (6-1) and Vaughan Lee (12-8) that ended with the Ultimate Fighter finalist locking in a nasty neck crank. Next out Tri-Star Gym stand-out “Limitless” Francis Carmont (19-7) out-grappled “The Terminator” Karlos Vemola (9-3). The middleweights came in next as “A-Train” Aaron Simpson (12-3) out-wrestled Kenny Robertson (11-2) in a three-round decision. The co-main event saw James Te Huna (15-5) win what began as a one-sided striking clinic and ended as an all out war over “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (14-8), and “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (12-3) saw his middleweight title dreams put on hold once again as “All American” Chris Weidman (9-0) remained undefeated with a stunning second-round TKO.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman
Submission of the Night:
Alex Caceras (over Damacio Page) wins $40,000
Knockout of the Night:
Chris Weidman (over Mark Munoz) receives $40,000
Fight of the Night:
James Te Huna and Joey Beltran each receive $40,000
Click here for the full list of UFC on Fuel TV 4 results.
—MAIN CARD (on Fuel TV)—
Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman: Weidman via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 1:37
James Te Huna vs. Joey Beltran: Te Huna via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Aaron Simpson vs. Kenny Robertson: Simpson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Karlos Vemola vs. Francis Carmont: Carmont via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 1:39
TJ Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee: Dillashaw via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:33
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani: Dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Just a few days following the epic rematches of UFC 148, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization reloads and fires again, this time on the cable network Fuel TV with UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman. Opening Wednesday night’s televised card is NCAA Div. I wrestler TJ Dillashaw (5-1) who will battle BJJ black belt Vaughan Lee (12-7-1) as each man seeks to break the .500 mark in the UFC. Middleweights “The Terminator” Karlos Vemola (9-2) and “Limitless” Francis Carmont (18-7) will each hunt their third UFC victory followed by an anchoring bout between “A-Train” Aaron Simpson (11-3) in his 170lbs. debut and Kenny Robertson (11-1). Holding up the co-main slot is the always entertaining brawler “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (14-7) pitting his iron jaw and fists of steel against hard-hitting Australian James Te Huna (14-5). The marquis bout of the evening will see two middleweight title hopefuls teeing off in a clash of ground fighting styles. Wrestling powerhouse “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (12-2) will face undefeated Jiu-Jitsu expert “All-American” Chris Weidman (8-0) with a potential shot at the middleweight crown on the line.
Hot days and long summer nights could not have gotten any livelier as UFC 148 comes live and direct from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday night’s Pay-Per-View card kicks off with bantamweight action as “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) squares off against Ivan Menjivar (24-8). “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) returns to action when he meets Cody McKenzie (13-2) in the featherweight division. In a guaranteed spectacle, Cung Le (7-2) will look to get his first win in the organization when he welcomes back a fellow knockout artist in “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7). Former light heavyweight champions meet in the co-main event as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) graces the Octagon one last time against rival Forrest Griffin (18-7) with each man looking to come out on top of this rubber match. The main event is a rematch of 2010’s “Fight of the Year” as Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) and champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4) meet once again with the belt on the line. Among all the action though, welterweight grapplers will engage as Judoka “Stun Gun” (15-1-1) Dong Hyun Kim meets Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Demian Maia (15-4). Each man saw the road to gold once before and if they wish to travel that road again, they have to make their stand here and now on one of the biggest cards of the year.
Nate Diaz (15-7) and “The Mongoose” Jim Miller (21-3) will square off in a high octane lightweight showdown to headline the UFC on FOX 3 card this Saturday, but before they do, the UFC has built a strong card for the viewing public. “Kos” Josh Koscheck (17-5) and Johny Hendricks (12-1) will play second fiddle to the main event in a welterweight showdown and “Big” Lavar Johnson (16-5) will open the card in his second UFC bout against the always dangerous “HD” Pat Barry (7-4). In one of the night’s most interesting bouts, “Toquinho” Rousimar Palhares (14-3) will square off with “The Talent” Alan Belcher (17-6). The 28-year-old Belcher has built quite a resume as a mixed martial artist over his career with ten first-round finishes and seven submissions and eight KO/TKOs in 17 victories, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and establishing himself as a dangerous striker under the tutelage of Duke Roufus. However, his opponent has earned a reputation as one of the most gifted grapplers in the world and has ten submissions in 14 wins, as well as a second place finish in his only ADCC appearance, to back it up.
The days of PRIDE might be long gone, but on Saturday Zuffa rears its head back in Saitama, Japan to present UFC 144. It is a plethora of talent on the main card as “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon (21-6) takes on “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (14-2), Hatsu Hioki (23-4-2) battles “Bartimus” Bart Palaszewski (35-14), and Jake Shields (26-6-1) meets with “Sexyama” Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-4) in a highly contested middleweight contest. Rounding off the card are ”Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (7-7) against Cheick Kongo (17-6-1) in a promising scrapfest and “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (31-9) standing across from “Darth” Ryan Bader (13-2) in the co-main event. The lightweight division is due for another change in landscape as current 155lbs. king “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (14-1-1) tries to fend off former WEC Lightweight Champion “Smooth” Ben Henderson (14-2) in the main event. In the middle of all this action, “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (14-4) will try to make his newfound home in the middleweight division his stomping grounds but former challenger “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-6) will try to show that he is still one of the elite. With a challenger seeking to get back into the title run against a prospect looking to start one of his own, this battle between Okami and Boetsch have fireworks guaranteed to light up the Saitama Super Arena.
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis will take place Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois as the UFC delivers its second official offering of its multi-year deal with FOX. Chris Weidman (7-0) will face Demian Maia (14-3) on short notice to open the night’s broadcast with what will likely develop into a ground battle between wrestler and submission artist. Two title shots will also be on the line as “Sugar” Rashad Evans (16-1-1) squares off with “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (8-0) in the main event and “The Count” Michael Bisping (22-3) replaces an injured “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (10-2) against Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) in the co-main. With a potential title shot up for grabs, Bisping jumped at the chance to bow out of his previously scheduled bout with Demian Maia and face the Team Quest fighter. However, Chael Sonnen has made no secret of the fact that he will let nothing stand between him and the “12 lbs. of gold” around “The Spider” Anderson Silva’s (29-4) waist.
The UFC will present its first full card on the network TV giant FOX’s flagship station as UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis looks to name the number one contenders for not one but two UFC titles. Headlining the card is a light heavyweight contest between “Sugar” Rashad Evans (16-1-1) who will face “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (8-0) for a chance at UFC gold in the 205lbs. division. Serving as the co-main event, “The Count” Michael Bisping (22-3) will replace an injured “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (10-2) against Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) with a middleweight championship bid hanging in the balance. Opening things up for the televised card, Chris Weidman (7-0) will step in on short notice to face Demian Maia (14-3). The bout will represent a chance for Weidman to expose casual fans to his breed of high octane wrestling and top game submissions, but also poses the most serious threat to his undefeated record to date.
Way back in July of 2011, Chael Sonnen said he would do an interview with me but suggested that I might want to wait. Chael was doing a ton of media at the time so I took that rain check. Now with the exciting and unexpected news that Chael will be fighting Michael Bisping next Saturday at UFC on FOX 2, with his original opponent Mark Munoz out due to injury, I decided to cash in that rain check. I reminded Chael about it and told him that whenever he was free we’d do the interview. Later that day, Chael called me for a chat. Never let it be said that Chael isn’t a man of his word.
After a momentous showing in their FOX network debut, the UFC’s latest installment takes back to Pay-Per-View with UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson. Light heavyweight action is set to take place when “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (13-7) and “Kingsbu” Kyle Kingsbury (12-2) prepare to engage in a promising back-and-forth battle. “The Hitman” Martin Kampmann (17-5) tries to break back into the winner’s circle but fellow welterweight “The Horror” Rick Story (11-3) will pit his own skill set against the Dane to send him to the back of the line. The pace quickens when the bantamweights are present, especially when former champions “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-5) and Brian Bowles (10-1) are pitted against one another. In the main event, it is a PRIDE FC dream match when former UFC light heavyweight champ “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (20-5) welcomes former PRIDE middleweight and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion “Hendo” Dan Henderson (28-8) back to the Octagon. The co-main event though has all the potential to steal the show when the latest Strikeforce transplant Cung Le (7-1) makes his organizational debut against the legend of the sport “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1). Le has been a force in Strikeforce’s middleweight division but when he enters against Silva, he will face a different level of aggression that he has yet to face.
The UFC’s most recent trip across the pond has concluded and UFC 138 is in the books following solid performances from several veterans and a few newcomers to the organization. The main event saw TUF Season One mainstay “The Crippler” Chris Leben (22-9) fell to “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (10-2), WEC veteran “One Punch” Brad Pickett (19-6) was put away quickly by the red hot Renan Barão (9-1) who has won 27 straight bouts since 2005 when his many unregulated bouts in Brazil are considered, and perennial welterweight top talent “Pitbull” Thiago Alves (18-8) handed Papy Abedi (5-1) his first loss. The main card as a whole went rather quickly; in fact, after the opening bouts saw Terry Etim (15-3) submit “Falo” Edward Faaloloto (5-2) in under 20 seconds and “The Hippo” Anthony Perosh (12-6) choke out “The Snake” Cyrille Diabate (17-8-1), only 22 minutes and 41 seconds of action took place in the cage.
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz: Munoz via TKO (Corner Stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barão: Barão via Submission (Neck Crank), Round 1, 4:09
Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi: Alves via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 3:32
Cyrille Diabaté vs. Anthony Perosh: Perosh via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 3:09
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto: Etim via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 0:17