UFC on FUEL TV: Munoz vs. Weidman takes place later tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and airs live on FUEL TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The FUEL TV broadcast will be preceded by preliminary card on on Facebook at 5:45pm ET/2:45pm PT.
In the main event, the next middleweight contender could be determined as Mark Munoz takes on Chris Weidman.
Joey Beltran returns to the octagon as a light heavyweight, as he takes on James Te-Huna.
Aaron Simpson makes his welterweight debut as he challenges Kenny Robertson.
Karlos Vemola looks to limit the success of Francis Carmont in an intriguing bout.
Team Alpha Male’s T.J. Dillashaw takes on Vaughan Lee.
And the always tenacious Rafael dos Anjos takes on Anthony Njokuani.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Chris Weidman def. Mark Muñoz via TKO (Elbow and Punches) at 1:37 of Round Two
- James Te-Huna def. Joey Beltran via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Aaron Simpson def. Kenny Robertson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Francis Carmont def. Karlos Vemola via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:39 of Round Two
- T.J. Dillashaw def. Vaughan Lee via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:33 of Round One
- Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Njokuani via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Alex Caceres def. Damacio Page via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:27 of Round Two
- Chris Cariaso def. Josh Ferguson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Andrew Craig def. Rafael Natal via Knockout (Head Kick and Punches) at 4:52 of Round Two
- Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Raphael Assunção def. Issei Tamura via TKO (Punches) at 0:25 of Round Two
Mark Muñoz vs. Chris Weidman: If ever there was a case to be made for a title shot, Chris Weidman represented himself very well tonight. After a slow first round, which featured Weidman absolutely dominating Munoz on the ground, the second round was out of control. After a short wrestling exchange, the two engaged on the feet, and while rushing in, Munoz’s face ran into the brick wall that was Weidman’s elbow. As he fell on his face, Weidman met Munoz with 20 shots on the ground, about 15 of which were completely unnecessary. The late stoppage comes at 1:37 of the second round.
James Te Huna vs. Joey Beltran: If you expected a ridiculous and sloppy brawl between these two, well then you got what you wanted. Beltran had a rude welcoming committee to the 205 pound division, as Te Huna used his superior boxing to beat a slow Beltran to the punch over and over again. After nearly finishing Joey in the first, Te Huna slowed ever slightly in the second, and nearly found himself on the wrong end of a TKO, after he was dropped by “The Mexicutioner” near the end of the round. The third, however, was all Te Huna, yet again. Using a couple takedowns and engaging haphazardly in a brawl with Beltran, Te Huna breezed to a decision with scores of 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27. New record for most significant strikes landed in a light heavyweight bout.
Aaron Simpson vs. Kenny Robertson: In a wrestling heavy affair, Aaron Simpson made a very successful welterweight debut against Kenny Robertson. Proving he was the superior grappler, “A-Train” continuously took Robertson down and imposed his will with heavy ground and pound, positional dominance, and general badassery. Not much else can be said about this bout. All Simpson, all night. He takes home the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, and questionably, two 29-28’s.
Karlos Vemola vs. Francis Carmont: In a fight of the night candidate, Carmont and Vemola went to war. Vemola used his ridiculous power to dictate the pace and position of his opponent, and tried and tried again to use his massive arms to lock in a guillotine. However, through his fantastic defense, Carmont was able to thwart Vemola, get him to the mat, and dominate him there. It would be in the second round when Carmont would land a nasty front kick, get his foe down and locked in a crucifix, and would work for a rear naked choke from there, forcing the tap at 1:39 of the second frame.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee: Despite landing some heavy shots, tonight was not Lee’s night. After a few close moments, Dillashaw slammed Lee to the mat, took his back, and locked in a rear naked choke, which forced Lee to tap at half way through the first frame.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani: Despite his solid striking acumen, Rafael dos Anjos went to his bread and butter and used his ridiculously powerful grappling game to stifle Njokuani. Through all three rounds, dos Anjos avoided the slick striking of his opponent, and continuously held him against the cage, took him down, and often threatened with submissions. After three rounds, all three judges gave the fight unanimously to dos Anjos with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Damacio Page vs. Alex Caceres: Whether or not you like him, Alex Caceres is only getting better. Using his reckless striking to get him where he wanted to be, Caceres used his unorthodox grappling and submission arsenal to pressure Page over and over again. In the first, a triangle nearly forced a tap late in the first, but Page would not be sucked into it. In the second round, however, it all played out once again, and this time, Caceres’ triangle would suffice. The tap came at 1:27.
Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson: In a flyweight bout, Josh Ferguson and Chris Cariaso tore down the house. Cariaso used his range and superior grappling to hurt Ferguson continuously through all fifteen minutes, less a harrowing moment near the end when Ferguson nearly finished a rear naked choke. This bout was fast-paced, technical, but it was all Cariaso, who takes home 30-27’s across the board.
Rafael Natal vs. Andrew Craig: In the first frame, the two men exchanged blows, with Natal largely being the aggressor. Looking especially confident, “Sapo” let loose and got wild inside the octagon. In the second round, it was much of the same, as Natal hurt Craig, got him to the mat, and unleashed a beating that had many calling this a 10-8 round. As the two got back to their feet, Craig blasted Natal with a headkick, followed up with some strikes, and completed an unbelievable comeback at 4:52 of the second.
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen: In the first fight of the night to go to the judges, Stittgen and Guimaraes made their job difficult. In the first, the two up-and-coming welterweights went toe to toe, with Marcelo doing most of the work through his grappling, although he had difficulty securing a takedown as he had so hoped to do. In the second, a surging Stittgen used his striking, using a variety of kicks, to outpoint is foe in a close frame. The third was kind of a stalemate, until near the end, when Marcelo scored a takedown, and got very fired up, yelling and grunting as he used his knees and punches to put some punishment to the body of Guimaraes. After three rounds, the judges gave this fight to Guimaraes via split decision with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.
Raphael Assunção vs. Issei Tamura: Let one man’s recklessness be another man’s downfall. After a slow, yet competitive first round, that saw both men exchange blows, Tamura came into his own and let loose in the second. That would be his demise though, as he faltered in his hasty attack, and was countered with a solid left. Assunção swarmed on his shaken foe and it didn’t take many strikes on the ground to secure the finish. The TKO stoppage comes only 25 seconds into round two.
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