Announced on the UFC’s weekly news show UFC Tonight, the main event for UFC On FUEL TV 4 will be a meeting of two strong Middleweights when contender and heavy hitting wrestler Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (12-2-0) takes on potential contender and undefeated break out star Chris “All American” Weidman (8-0-0). The event is scheduled for July 11, though the venue and region to host this event at this time remains unannounced. Munoz will come into this bout riding a four fight win streak that includes a Unanimous Decision over fellow decorated wrestler Aaron Simpson, a Rnd1 KO over TUF7 finalist C.B. Dollaway, a Unanimous Decision over 1x title challenger Demian Maia, and a Rnd2 TKO over TUF1 alumni and heavy hitting veteran Chris Leben. Weidman will come into this bout riding an undefeated eight fight win streak with the last four including his UFC debut taking the fight just a few weeks’ notice and earning the Unanimous Decision win over veteran Alessio Sakara, a Rnd1 Technical Submission victory over Jesse Bongfeldt that earned Submission of the Night, a Rnd1 Technical Submission victory over TUF8 alumni Tom Lawlor, and a Unanimous Decision win over 1x title challenger Demian Maia where he took the fight on just eleven days notice. This bout has been rumored since UFC On FOX 2 where Munoz would have fought had he not been injured and forced out of his scheduled bout against Chael Sonnen for the division’s #1 contender’s position, and where Weidman stepped in as a late replacement to fight Demain Maia and won.
Comparing the two competitors, both have credentialed grappling backgrounds with Munoz being a 2x NCAA1 All-American collegiate wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, while Weidman is a 2x NCAA1 All-American collegiate wrestler out of Hofstra University and a 2x NJCAA All-American collegiate wrestler. Along with their credentialed collegiate wrestling backgrounds both fighters also hold the rank of Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With the grappling game of both competitors likely to be nullified by the other, the stand-up game for either opponent will definitely be a deciding factor in this bout. Recognized as one of the heaviest hitters in the division by some analysts, Munoz will likely be the favorite in the stand up for this bout with his striking game improving greatly as he trains with veteran trainer Rafael Cordeiro at King’s MMA, the same trainer that trained elite strikers Mauricio Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, and also trains heavy hitting Welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger. Though experience has been the factor that analysts tend to look at as his disadvantage when matched against more seasoned competitors, Weidman’s skill set in the sport continues to show improvement in every bout as he works with veteran striking coach Ray Longo and former Welterweight champion Matt Serra.
As this event nears, picking a favorite in this bout will definitely become more difficult. A win for Munoz would likely earn him a spot in a #1 contendership bout possibly against the winner of Bisping vs Boestsch, especially since he was originally scheduled to fight Sonnen for a shot at the title before being replaced by Bisping after being injured in training. For Weidman, a win in impressive fashion could either allow him to steal that position from Munoz or put him just one win away from stepping into the cage competing for that #1 contender’s position. Either way the outcome for this bout will definitely have an impact on the top 10 rankings in the division, especially seeing the long anticipated rematch between reigning champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen now scheduled to take place just four days prior to this event.
Written by @MMAFanHQ