UFC on Fuel TV 4 arrives on July 11, featuring the undefeated
Chris Weidman taking on Mark Munoz. Replacing Brandon Vera, the Mexicutioner Joey Beltran returns to UFC as a light heavweight and goes up against James Te Huna.
Weidman vs. Munoz
Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman match up
almost perfectly. Both have wrestling
and BJJ backgrounds and both have power in their hands although Munoz has a
more prolific knockout record by virtue of the fact that he has been around the
Chris Weidman (8-0, 2 KO's, 3 Subs) is
still a relative newcomer to the UFC, yet he has made plenty of noise. He is 4-0 in the major leagues of MMA and he
has two submissions to his credit while earning two decisions. But perhaps what is even more impressive, is
that three of those fights he took on short notice as a replacement and won
every time. He has exceptional wrestling
skills (former JUCO and Division 1 All-American) and has competed in high level
jiu-jitsu competitions with only a few years under his belt.
not known for his punching power, but he shoudn’t be underestimated as evidenced by his first round TKO of banger Uriah Hall when he captured the Ring of Combat middleweight
title. Weidman's last opponent, Demian
Maia, has been a UFC stalwart for the last several years and once fought
unsuccessfully for the middleweight title against Anderson Silva. While Maia had assumed the gatekeeper's role
in the middleweight division, until he recently dropped into the welterweight
division, Weidman handled him expertly and won a convincing decision as a
replacement back in January of this year.
Mark Munoz (12-2, 6 KO's, 1 Sub) has
earned the nickname the Filipino Wrecking
Machine with half of his 12 victories coming by way of knockout. Like his opponent Chris Weidman, he too is a
former D-1 All-American and also defeated Demian Maia by unanimous
decision. Munoz's last appearance in the
Octagon was a second round stoppage of UFC veteran Chris Leben by
TKO. Munoz has only one submission on
his record and has done most of his damage with his fists, which is unusual for
a wrestler with his pedigree.
While both Munoz and Weidman are evenly
matched, it would appear that Munoz possesses the edge in punching power. Both men have excellent mat games, but Munoz
has been taken down by fighters who have far less pedigree and wrestling
expertise. Weidman will allow no safe
haven for Munoz on the ground and will also use his 2 inch height advantage as
well as his 6 inch reach advantage to keep Munoz from launching his devastating
uppercuts and crosses.
It should also be noted that, though
Munoz has more cage experience, he also has a lot more wear and tear on his 34
year old body. Weidman is 28-years-old,
in his prime and also has the luxury of training for a particular fighter
instead of getting notice only weeks in advance which has been the norm since
he entered the UFC. I believe Weidman
will derail the Filipino Wrecking Machine by either decision or
submission. Play Weidman -130.
Joey Beltran vs. James Te Huna
The Mexicutioner, Joey Beltran, is back, and this time he’s leaner and supposedly meaner. Beltran lost 4 of his last 5 UFC fights and
that kind of a record never bodes well for employment in Dana White’s
organization. And so Beltran
got his ticket punched out of the UFC, and that decision made Beltran reconsider
his tenure in the heavyweight decision. He returns to the UFC as a light heavyweight after winning his first
bout in a unanimous decision over Anton Talamante under the C3 Fights banner on
April 28 of this year. Beltran is a replacement for Brandon Vera who was pulled in order to
fight Shogun in August.
Te Huna (14-5, 10 KO’s, 3 Subs) is 3-1 inside the Octagon with a big punch
, but he's susceptible to submission artists. In
his fight against Beltran, he should have no such concerns. This is brawler versus brawler and, unfortunately
for Beltran, he will be outslugged in this one. Te Huna is the choice here by a