Clever Move, UFC… UFC on Fuel TV 4 Preview

UFC 148 is over.

(Yes, I am thinking of starting all my posts with that line.)

Now, we’re left to pick up the pieces and move on. I fully expect UFC 148 to be the biggest PPV buyrate ever for Zuffa and while that means a lot of people watched the fight, it also means a lot of new fans watched the fight. The UFC is poised to take advantage of the fortunate position they find themselves in on Wednesday, when they bring The Octagon™ to the HP Pavilion in San Jose for UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman.

And check out this stacked card:


Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
Title shot for Munoz if he wins? He thinks so. I think he’s still a win away… if he can get through a tough Chris Wiedman.

Joey Beltran vs. James Te Huna
Beltran’s response to getting KO’d by T-101 Terminator Lavar Johnson? A move down to 205 where he will have power and a strong test of his chin in his powerhouse opponent, James Te Huna.

Kenny Robertson vs. Aaron Simpson
Aaron Simposon’s losses have come to the likes of Mark Munoz and Chris Leben, although he is coming off of a decision loss to Ronny Marks in February. He’ll test his mettle against journeyman Kenny Robertson, in Robertson’s return to The Octagon™, stepping in for an injured Jon Fitch.

Francis Carmont vs. Karlos Vemola
Carmont trains out of Tristar, has amassed an 18-7 record, and this will be the Frenchman’s 3rd time fighting for the UFC. He faces Vemola, a Czech fighter with a 9-2 record, whose nickname is The Terminator. Vemola’s fought at Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight and now Middleweight. (I’m guessing he got his nickname as a heavyweight… I guess you could say he’s gone from a T-101 to a T-1000! <nerd humor>). Anyway, he’s 2-2 in the UFC, has a 9-2 record and should provide quite a challenge to Carmont.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee
You’ll remember Dillashaw, a Team Alpha Male fighter, from his time in TUF, and possibly from his only loss, when John Dodson KO’d him. Lee’s an English MMA veteran with a 12-7-1 record. He holds the distinction of being the first person to submit Norifumi Yamamoto in his last fight at UFC 144 where he took Submission of the Night honors.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani
Kicking off the Fuel TV card, dos Anjos, a Brazilian fighter (22-6) has fought top-level competition since entering the UFC at UFC 91, in 2008. Njokuani has also fought high-level competition, and at 22-6 with one no contest, should provide all the fight dos Anjos can handle. This is the fight I’m most looking forward to, after the Beltran-Te Huna bout.

The Facebook Prelims contain some exciting matches as well, including the return of fan favorite “Bruce Leroy” Alex Caceres, who’ll be looking for a strong win, coming off a split decision loss (and 1-3 record in the UFC).

Facebook Prelims

Alex Caceres vs. Damacio Page
Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson
Andrew Craig vs. Rafael Natal
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen
Raphael Assuncao vs. Issei Tamura

All in all, it should be just the thing to get most of the bitter taste of UFC 148 out of our collective mouths, and an opportunity for the UFC to solidify those fans that caught 148 and turn them into buyers of its upcoming PPV featuring Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao, July 21 in Calgary.

Promotions like Bellator could learn a thing or two from the UFC’s scheduling…