The Ultimate Fighting Championship travelled to HP Pavilion in San Jose, California tonight for UFC on Fuel TV 4: “Munoz vs Weidman.” The card was headlined by a middleweight bout between “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz and fellow top contender “All-American” Chris Weidman.
Also on tonight’s card, James Te Huna welcomed Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran back to the Octagon in a featured light heavyweight showdown, and Aaron “A-Train” Simpson battled Kenny Robertson in welterweight action. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the UFC on Fuel TV 4 main card.
“All-American” Chris Weidman vs “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz
Weidman landed two kicks early on and took Munoz down. Munoz rolled and Weidman took his back. Munoz scrambled up and ate a pair of knees. Weidman dragged him down and tried for a guillotine choke. He let it go and landed elbows from the top, then worked for a Kimura. Munoz tried to battle back to his feet and had to fight off another tight guillotine. Weidman stayed on top on the ground and moved to mount. He nearly secured another guillotine, but Munoz escaped and stood. 10-8 Weidman.
Weidman took the fight to the ground again in round two and moved to North-South position. He tried to set up a Brabo Choke, but lost the position and Munoz got back to his feet. Weidman landed a vicious counter elbow as Munoz pushed forward that opened a big gash on Munoz’s forehead. Munoz collapsed face-first to the mat and ate a barrage of punches before the fight was stopped.
Winner: Chris Weidman by TKO (Punches) at 1:37 of round two. He improves to 9-0-0.
James Te Huna vs Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran
Punches were exchanged early on and Te Huna landed an overhand right. He followed with two clipping uppercuts and Beltran answered with a right hook. Te Huna snuck in more hooks around Beltran’s guard. Beltran landed a body kick and the fighters exchanged hard shots. Beltran scored with another body kick and avoided a standing back elbow. Te Huna closed in with hooks and uppercuts that backed Beltran up to the cage.
Te Huna continued to throw power punches in close, but Beltran covered up. Te Huna landed a left hook and Beltran fired back with a combination. Te Huna landed a left-right combo and dropped Beltran with another left. He battered him with punches from mount, but Beltran scrambled up. Beltran landed a knee and Te Huna nearly dropped him again with another big flurry. 10-9 Te Huna.
Te Huna jabbed in the second round and Beltran answered with a combination and a head kick that was partially blocked. Te Huna landed punches in succession and mixed up his strikes to the head and body. Te Huna easily took Beltran down and landed short strikes from the top. The fighters were stood up and Te Huna landed a combination. He targeted the body with punches and Beltran looked to establish his jab. He dropped Te Huna to a knee with a one-two before the bell. 10-9 Te Huna.
Te Huna landed lefts and rights and avoided Beltran’s punches in the final round. He rocked Beltran with a right hook and an uppercut, but Beltran recovered quickly and clinched for a takedown. He landed an elbow and a right hook and scrambled out of a Te Huna takedown attempt. Big punches were exchanged and Te Huna dumped Beltran to the canvas.
Te Huna stood up and landed two vicious right hands to the head and body. Beltran continued to move forward and Te Huna began to mix in kicks. Te Huna tripped him and landed a right hand on the way up. Beltran scored a takedown of his own and tried to move to mount. Te Huna stood up and Beltran scored with an elbow. The fight ended with an exchange of power punches. 10-9 Te Huna.
Winner: James Te Huna by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. He improves to 15-5-0.
Aaron “A-Train” Simpson vs Kenny Robertson
Robertson landed two left hooks early on and missed with a head kick attempt. He clinched and backed Simpson up against the cage. Simpson reversed the clinch and landed a knee. Robertson answered with a left hook as Simpson backed away. The fighters clinched up again and Robertson landed knees. Simpson countered with punches and opened a cut on Robertson’s forehead.
Simpson tried for a trip, but Robertson landed punches on the way up and Simpson began to bleed from near the right eye. More strikes were exchanged in the clinch and Robertson scored with knees. He tried for a takedown, but Simpson took his back and kneed the thigh. Simpson took Robertson down and landed short punches from the back. Robertson countered with elbows. Simpson slammed Robertson down again and attempted a guillotine choke. 10-9 Simpson.
Simpson took Robertson’s back on the feet in the opening seconds of round two. He managed to get Robertson down and tried for a guillotine choke. Robertson escaped and stood briefly, but was taken down once again. Simpson landed short punches and took Robertson’s back. Robertson spun into the clinch and attempted a takedown of his own, but wound up on his back.
Simpson stood over Robertson and tried to land punches from the top, but wound up trapped in an inverted body triangle. He escaped and passed to side control as Robertson worked for a leglock from the bottom. Simpson took Robertson’s back in search of a rear-naked choke. He could not sink in his hooks but landed some solid shots before the bell. 10-9 Simpson.
The final round began with cautious strikes from both fighters. Simpson attempted a spinning back kick and clinched. He got Robertson down and worked for a Kimura. Robertson defended and Simpson locked on an inverted triangle choke. Robertson was in some trouble, but he managed to free himself and stood.
Simpson scored another takedown and punched from the top. More short punches landed for Simpson and he passed to side control. Simpson threw knees to the body and kept Robertson pinned down against the cage. He tried for another Kimura and battered Robertson with hard punches before the final bell. 10-9 Simpson.
Winner: Aaron Simpson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 12-3-0.
Francis “Limitless” Carmont vs Karlos “The Terminator” Vemola
Vemola closed in for a takedown right away and managed to get Carmont down on his second try. Carmont battled back to his feet, but found himself trapped in a guillotine choke. Vemola pulled half-guard with the choke, but Carmont escaped. He used a keylock to set up a pass to mount.
Vemola scrambled from the bottom, but Carmont kept him pinned down in half-guard. Vemola managed to get to a knee and avoided a guillotine choke. He secured one of his own and pulled guard. Carmont escaped the choke in the final 30 seconds and landed a handful of short punches from the top. Close opening round. 10-9 Carmont, barely.
Carmont landed a big front kick to the face in round two, but Vemola was unfazed and clinched. Carmont tried for a guillotine and wound up on the bottom. Vemola briefly struck from the top until Carmont stood. From the clinch, Carmont took Vemola’s back and secured a back crucifix as he dragged Vemola to the ground. Carmont locked on a rear-naked choke and Vemola was forced to submit.
Winner: Francis Carmont by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:39 of round two. He improves to 19-7-0.
T.J. Dillashaw vs Vaughan Lee
Dillashaw landed a combination early in the fight, but Lee answered back with a hard flurry and a knee. The fighters exchanged more punches and Dillashaw landed a one-two. He ducked under a head kick and slammed Lee to the ground. Lee scrambled up, but Dillashaw took his back on the feet. He tried for a rear-naked choke, but could not get it and settled for a neck crank instead. Lee tapped out just as he fell to the mat.
Winner: T.J. Dillashaw by Submission (Neck Crank) at 2:33 of round one. He improves to 6-1-0.
Rafael dos Anjos vs Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani
Dos Anjos landed a leg kick early on and Njokuani countered with a body kick and a right hook. Dos Anjos hurt him with a hard left hook, but Njokuani recovered in the clinch and circled away. Dos Anjos scored with more leg kicks and a combination. He clinched and pressed Njokuani up against the cage, then followed with knees to the thighs. Njokuani broke away and landed kicks late in the round. 10-9 dos Anjos.
Njokuani was more active with his strikes early in round two, but dos Anjos fired back with a nice right hook. Njokuani kept his distance with kicks, but dos Anjos ducked under a right hand and dragged him down to the mat. Njokuani stood and the fighters battled in the clinch until dos Anjos scored another takedown. Njokuani scrambled up and dos Anjos took his back. Dos Anjos threw knees and tried to suplex Njokuani to the canvas. He eventually got Njokuani down and worked for a top-side guillotine choke. 10-9 dos Anjos.
The final round began with an exchange of kicks and Njokuani just missed with an uppercut. Dos Anjos connected with a left hook and the fighters exchanged punches in close. An uppercut scored for dos Anjos and he clinched for a takedown. He took Njokuani down and worked from the op in half-guard with short punches. Njokuani defended against a Kimura attempt, but he could not scramble back to his feet. Dos Anjos landed elbows and postured up with punches in the final seconds. Njokuani stood before the bell. 10-9 dos Anjos.
Winner: Rafael dos Anjos by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds. He improves to 17-6-0.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres defeated “The Angel of Death” Damacio Page by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:27 of round two. He improves to 7-5-0 with the win.
Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso defeated Josh “Taz” Ferguson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. He improves to 14-3-0 with the win.
Andrew Craig defeated Rafael “Sapo” Natal by KO (Head Kick) at 4:52 of round two. He improves to 8-0-0 with the win.
Marcelo “Magrao” Guimaraes defeated Daniel “The Anvil” Stittgen by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) after three rounds. He improves to 8-0-1 with the win.
Raphael Assuncao defeated Issei Tamura by TKO (Punches) at 0:25 of round two. He improves to 18-4-0 with the win.