July 11, 2012
Weidman dominates Munoz in UFC tilt
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency
Undefeated middleweight Chris Weidman made a huge statement, destroying Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 4 in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday.
Munoz never had a chance. Weidman was all over him from the opening bell, dominating the American-Filipino with his stellar grappling game in the first round. In the second, Weid-man dropped Munoz with a nasty counter-elbow and unloaded with ground-and-pound for the TKO victory.
“I’ve just been playing around with some elbows,” Weidman said. “I got a good reach for it. Jon Jones pretty much gave the blue print for them and I just try to follow the leader.
“I just want to say Mark Munoz is a warrior ... I know he’s going to be down on himself, but he’s going to get back up here.”
A disappointed Munoz tipped his hat to Weidman.
“He caught me with that elbow coming in,” Munoz said. “I was trying to throw that overhand right.
“He’s a great competitor and props to him.”
Following the bout, Weid-man called out middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I want Anderson Silva,” Weidman began. “Every time I have a full training camp, I get the finish. Give me a full training camp.”
James Te Huna won a gritty stand-up battle against Joey Beltran in the co-main event.
Te Huna did a brilliant job of mixing up the speed, power and location of his strikes to keep Beltran guessing early. After hurting Beltran with a left-hook, Te Huna went in for the kill, but was unable to finish the durable brawler.
Te Huna kept a comfortable pace in the second and third rounds, but also dug into his wrestling arsenal to control the rhythm of the bout. However, Beltran was never out of the fight, landing hard strikes to keep the New Zealand native from running away with it.
As time ran out, the two stood toe-to-toe and slugged away to the delight of the fans in attendance. After three exciting rounds, the judges all awarded the bout to Te Huna with scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
“I hit him with some really hard shots, but they just bounced off his head,” Te Huna said. “I thought they were going to knock him out, but they didn’t. He’s tough as nails.”
Te Huna was originally scheduled to face Brandon Vera, but Vera was pulled from the card to headline UFC on FOX 4 against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua in August.
Aaron Simpson looked strong in his welterweight debut, as he wrestled his way to a unanimous-decision victory over Kenny Robertson.
Robertson made it tough in the first round, defending against most takedown attempts, but the former NCAA All-American wore him down with his relentless grind and ground-and-pound.
“This was the first cut (to 170 pounds),” Simpson said. “I have to get used to the speed of these guys.
“I’ll perform better next time. I’ve got to finish guys at this weight. That’s what this business is built on.”
Simpson was originally set to face Jon Fitch, but a knee injury forced the former welterweight title challenger off the card.
Francis Carmont pulled of a stunning submission victory, catching Karlos Vemola with a rear-naked choke from the crucifix position.
“I’m very happy to win this fight because it’s my third fight in the UFC and I want to fight the best in the division,” Carmont said. “I’m ready for that.”
Carmont is now riding an eight-fight win streak and is undefeated in the UFC.
T.J. Dillashaw picked up an impressive submission victory over Vaughan Lee, catching the British bantamweight with a rear-naked choke in the first round.
“I just took his back, was calm and waited for the opening,” Dillashaw said. “He’s super tough, came at me with punches and I weathered the storm.”
Rafael dos Anjos showed off some improved striking and wrestling to snag a dominant unanimous decision over Anthony Njokuani.
Alex (Bruce Leroy) Caceres capped off a strong undercard, handing Damacio Page his fourth straight submission loss.
With Page attempting to rain down punches inside Caceres’ guard, the TUF 12 cast member countered with a slick triangle choke for the win.
Chris Cariaso pulled through a late surge from Josh Ferguson, outslugging the TUF veteran en route to an entertaining unanimous decision.
Andrew Craig scored one of the most spectacular comebacks of the year, flattening Rafael Natal with a vicious high kick after surviving a violent barrage from the Brazilian.
“You say ‘comeback’ like I was losing,” Craig joked with interviewer Jon Anik. “It was definitely close (to being stopped). He hit me with a few bombs.
“I was really excited to showcase my hands, but I didn’t really land anything until that (kick).”
Marcelo Guimaraes won a dull split decision over Dan Stittgen in a clinch-heavy welterweight bout.
Raphael Assuncao picked up his second straight win since moving down to bantamweight, putting Issei Tamura away with punches in the opening bout.