UFC on Fuel 4 Results/Recap/Bonuses/Meds/Salaries/Gate
What a great card, we loved it, way better than UFC 148. What can we say? Raphael Assuncao TKO’d Issei Tamura in the opening seconds of the 2nd round for the first fight of the night. Marcelo Guimares and Dan Stittgen put on a good back and forth war ending with some strange grunting and yelling from Marcelo while holding and punching Stittgen against the cage at the close of the 3rd round. Rafael Natal got cocky, mouthy and Knocked the F23K OUT! After almost finishing Andrew Craig a few times in the 1st round, Natal let his guard down as the round was closing, only to eat a high kick and lose by KO with 8 seconds on the clock. It was classic. Chris Cariaso showed us why he’s a force in the division by beating a very game Josh Ferguson in a 3 round battle we thoroughly enjoyed. Alex Caceres put on an absolute submissions from guard clinic on a very aggressive and tough Damacio Page wining by the beautiful modified triangle choke as the 2nd round was just getting under way. Bruce Leeroy is putting the division on notice, this kid gets better each and every time he’s in the Octagon™, the drop was a great move for him.
The main card started off fun with Rafael dos Anjos taking Anthony Njokuiani (who injured/broke? his right hand in an early exchange in the 1st round) to a decision and taking it unanimously then T.J. Dillashaw ran through Vaughn Lee (who looked good in defeat even). Francis Carmont pressured Karlos Vemola from beginning to end before slapping on a modified rear naked choke and getting the W. Aaron Simpson took on a very tough Kenny Robertson, who took it to Simpson almost finishing him at one point, before Aaron came back strong and got stronger by the round to take the decision victory. The fight we were waiting for came up next, James Te Huna and Joey Beltran did what no one on the planet expected, and went to a decision! A decision from those 2! It was a crazy fight with both fighters hurting the other on the feet, Te Huna started out strong easily taking the 1st, and most of the 2nd before Joey Beltran rallied back stunning Te Huna at the end of the 2nd and putting the pressure on for the 3rd. It was a great showing for Beltran at 205 despite the loss. We would love to see James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixera next, that would be a fight.
The main event was a total surprise as Weidman took Munoz down at will and held him down for the full round. The second stared off much like the 1st ended, with Weidman taking Munoz down, then Munoz popped up, pressured Chris and met the prettiest elbow man has ever thrown ending his night by KO, but not before the ref let Weidman land 9 or so unanswered punches. The ref’s bad stoppage was disgusting, Weidman absolutely destroyed Munoz, making a huge statement to the division, then calling out Anderson Silva. We aren’t so sure he’s ready for Silva just yet, but he’s definitely 1-2 more fights from a title shot in our opinion.
Mark Munoz: Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days for TKO loss. Also suspended 180 days for left scalp laceration, right eyebrow laceration and potential mandible fracture, or pending physician clearance.
James Te Huna: Suspended for 180 days for potential left elbow fracture and left foot fracture, or pending physician clearance. Also suspended indefinitely pending mandatory MRI prior to Sept. 11, 2012.
Joey Beltran: Suspended for 60 days for pair of right orbital lacerations and upper right lip laceration, or pending physician clearance.
Aaron Simpson: Suspended for 60 days for right eye laceration, or pending physician clearance.
Kenny Robertson: Suspended for 60 days for right scalp laceration, or pending physician clearance.
Anthony Njokuani: Suspended for 180 days for potential right hand fracture, or pending physician clearance.
Josh Ferguson: Suspended for 60 days for right orbital laceration, or pending physician clearance.
Andrew Craig: Suspended for 60 days for left eyebrow laceration, or pending physician clearance.
Rafael Natal: Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days.
Issei Tamura: Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days.
Chris Weidman “Knockout of the Night”
James Te Huna and Joey Beltran “Fight of the Night”
Alex Caceres “Submission of the Night”
Middleweight Chris Weidman def. Mark Muñoz KO (elbow and punches) 2Round at 1:37 – Chris Weidman $22,000 (win bonus $22,000) Mark Munoz $42,000
Light Heavyweight James Te-Huna def. Joey Beltran Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) -James Te Huna Roper $14,000 (win bonus $14,000) Jose Joey Beltran $15,000
Welterweight Aaron Simpson def. Kenny Robertson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) -Aaron Simpson $23,000 (win bonus $23,000) Kenny Roberston $8,000
Middleweight Francis Carmont def. Karlos Vemola Submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2 at 1:39 -Karlos Vemola $14,000 Francis Carmont $10,000 (win bonus $10,000)
Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw def. Vaughan Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1 at 2:33 -TJ Dillashaw $10,000 (win bonus $10,000) Vaugh Lee $8,000
Lightweight Rafael dos Anjosdef. Anthony Njokuani Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) -Anthony Njokuani $14,000 Rafael Dos Anjos $20,000 (win bonus $20,000)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Bantamweight Alex Caceres def. Damacio Page Submission (triangle choke) Round 2 at 1:27 -Alex Caceres $10,000 (win bonus $10, 000) Damacio Page $11,000
Flyweight Chris Cariaso def. Josh Ferguson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) -Chris Cariaso $10,000 (win bonus $10,000) Josh Ferguson $8,000
Middleweight Andrew Craig def. Rafael Natal KO (head kick) Round 2 at 4:52 -Rafael Franca Natal $12,000 Andrew Craig $8, 000 (win bonus $8,000)
Welterweight Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) -Dan Stittgen $6,000 Marcelo Guimaraes $6,000 (win bonus $6,000)
Bantamweight Raphael Assunção def. Issei Tamura TKO (punches) Round 2 at 0:25 -Issel Tamura $8, 000 Raphael Assuncao $17,000 (win bonus $17,000)