MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Chris Weidman sent a message to the rest of the division with a dominant technical knockout victory over Mark "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Muñoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Fuel TV.
|Chris Weidman punches Mark Muñoz in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 4.
Weidman remained undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with a 9-0 record and showed off both his grappling and striking skills in a dominant performance against Muñoz Wednesday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California (Thursday morning in Manila).
Though Muñoz has an excellent pedigree, his takedown defense left a lot to be desired as Weidman was able to bring him to the ground very early in the first round.
Weidman was in complete control of the opener, throwing several elbows to Muñoz’s side and preventing him from scrambling and getting up. He also showed great patience in working for his submissions as he tried to apply a guillotine choke on Muñoz.
Muñoz was able to survive the first round by grabbing hold of Weidman's wrist, not allowing him to have complete control on the ground.
But what was a poor start for "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" would just get worse in the second round.
Weidman once again took him down, but this time, Muñoz was able to get back up. The Filipino brawler made a crucial mistake, however, getting too aggressive as he threw an overhand right that Weidman countered with a sharp elbow right in his face.
Muñoz went down, and Weidman finished him with a series of punches to the head that rendered him a bloody mess.
The time of the stoppage was 1:37 in the second round.
Muñoz, who was competing in his first bout after undergoing elbow surgery, was classy in his defeat.
"He caught me with that elbow coming in. I was trying to throw that overhand right and it just happens sometimes," Muñoz said.
"He's a great competitor and props goes to him. He landed that elbow really good," he added.
Muñoz's MMA record dropped to 12 wins and three losses, but the Filipino fighter vowed that he will bounce back.
Meanwhile, Weidman's dominant victory potentially puts him in the mix for the UFC middleweight title, currently held by Brazilian legend Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
"I'd love a shot at the man, Anderson Silva, so give me a shot, please," Weidman said.
He also gave credit to Muñoz, saying, "Mark Muñoz is a freaking warrior. This guy persevered once and he's gonna do it again... I know he's gonna be down but you gotta get back up there and you're gonna be great, man."
In the co-main event, James Te-Huna took a unanimous decision victory over Joey Beltran after three rounds of back-and-forth action.
Te Huna nearly finished Beltran in the first round, only to see Beltran bounce back in the second.
The two men exchanged heavy punches all the way to the final bell, but it was Te Huna who landed the more telling blows en route to a 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27 victory.
Te Huna and Beltran received $40,000 each for putting on the "Fight of the Night," while Weidman received the same amount after earning "Knockout of the Night" honors.