UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman Full FIght Card/Predictions
UFC 148 is gone and over, but it’s effects are still lingering. Chael’s trying to figure out his next step, Anderson is waiting for a new opponent and the UFC is busy blueprinting the plan that made UFC 148 the largest event in UFC history. This afternoon, UFC on Fuel 4 tries to clear up at leas one item from UFC 148, and that’s, who is a #1 contender, possibly. There’s a log jam at 185 with Munoz, Lombard, and Bisping vying for #1 contender status. Hopefully this fight clears that up a bit.
Aside from the main event, we have some great Bantamweight match-ups and barnburner in Beltran vs. Te-Huna. Who you got today? As usual, my pics are in Green. Post yours in the comments section.
Middleweight bout: Mark Muñoz vs. Chris Weidman
Mark Munoz is a wrecking machine, Chirs Weidman is a submission machine. Weidman is 8-0 to Munoz’s 12-2 and this could very well be a #1 contenders bout, with the winner facing Anderson Silva for the title at some point. Munoz is coming off elbow surgery, a surgery he feels makes him 100% and more dangerous as he can throw full punches now that he couldn’t before the surgery. Weidman is coming off a decision victory over Damian Maia and is looking to make a big impression here. Both fighter’s are looking for a definitive victory, one that will get the UFC’s attention and push the title shot. This is a very evenly matched fight, both have good wrestling, Munoz has heavier hands, but Weidman has good stand up, both have the cardio and both have faced good competition. This one comes down to who wants it more, and the last time I spoke to Munoz, he sounded hungry and motivated, so I’m gonna go with Mark Munoz by TKO/KO via GnP in the 2nd.
Light Heavyweight Bout: James Te-Huna vs. Joey Beltran
James Te-Huna and Joey Beltran are BEASTS. They both hit like freight trains and put it all on the line each and every bout. This will be an interesting fight, Beltran is making his debut at Light Heavyweight, a great place for him. He looked fantastic at the weigh ins. James is coing off 2 TKO/KO wins in a row over tough opponents. Joey is looking to get a W after going 1-2 in his last 3 and 2-4 in his last 6. Joey and James can end a fight from any angle with almost any sort of punch, don’t expect this one to last long, or end by submission. I’m gonna go with James Te-Huna by TKO/KO but I hope Joey Beltran pulls our the win here.
Welterweight bout: Kenny Robertson vs. Aaron Simpson
Aaron Simpson is making his WW debut, where he promises to stay and wreak havoc. Kenny Robertson is 11-1 with his only loss to Mike Pierce, a step up in competition. I feel Aaron is the favorite here, and the underdog has a good chance of pulling this win out. I’m going with the favorite, he has more Octagon™ experience and has faced better competition for a longer period. Aaron Simpson by TKO/KO.
Middleweight bout: Karlos Vemola vs. Francis Carmont
Karlos Vermola has good wrestling and heavy hands since his drop down from Heavyweight and then Light heavyweight. Francis Carmont trains out of GSP’s camp in Canada, which means he will be well rounded and should have takedown defense, still I give the edge to the wrestler and I’m going withVemola by TKO/KO by GnP.
Bantamweight bout: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee
T.J. Dillashaw is a talented fighter with good takedowns and GnP, he’s 5-1 while Vaughan Lee is a BJJ ace with a 12-7-1 record. I think Dillashaw takes Vaughan down at will, but I don’t think he will be able to put to much damage on him and will have to watch out for the submission game of Lee. I think this fight starts on the feet, spends the whole first round on the ground and then it’s a stand up war for the next 2 rounds. I’m gonna pick Vaughan Lee by decision.
Lightweight bout: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani
Anthony Njokuani is most likely on the chopping block, making this a do or die situation for the talented striker. Rafael dos Anjos is coming of a submission win over Kamal Shalorus in May. Both guys have good stand up, with Njokuani having a slight edge, but the ground game goes to Rafael, which is where I think this will end up. We’ve seen Njokuani struggle a bit with his takedown defense. If he can stuff the takedown, I think his precise strikign takes the decision, I’m going with Rafael dos Anjos by decision.
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