Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mark Muñoz loses to Weidman

Source : Yahoo Sports

Not even a week after Anderson Silva retained the UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen, the division was again in the main event of an Ultimate Fighting Championship event. This time, it was Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman taking center stage. Munoz came into the fight with a four-fight winning streak and was hoping to earn a shot at Silva with a win, while Weidman had won all eight fights in his professional career and was hoping to keep Munoz's name out of the title talk.

First Round

Thirty seconds into the round, Weidman shot in and landed a beautiful takedown. Weidman wasn't able to connect with much offense and Munoz fought back to the feet, only to meet two big knees. Once back to the mat, Weidman did whatever he wanted to, including short elbows and submission attempts. Weidman continued his attempt at a guillotine choke, but Munoz did a solid job of keeping his chin tight to his chest. The fight made it back to the feet, but Weidman controlled Munoz and kept him pressed against the cage.

Second Round

To start the round, Weidman immediately landed another takedown and worked towards bettering his position. Munoz escaped and tried to attack Weidman but he was caught with a short elbow that busted him open and knocked him out. Weidman pounced and did what he had to do until referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in to stop the fight.

It was a great all-around performance from the now 9-0 fighter. In the middleweight division, anything can happen as Silva is waiting for a new opponent. Weidman called out Silva after the fight, but the favorite to get the title shot right now is former Bellator champion Hector Lombard. He has to get past Tim Boetsch first, but for me, the winner of Lombard vs. Boetsch should get Weidman to set up a No. 1 contender fight. In the meantime, maybe Silva can fight in different weight class or rematch with Vitor Belfort.

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