UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on July 11, 2012, 07:09 AM by Anton Gurevich
UFC Middleweight Division: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
Fans' Prediction: Mark Munoz via Decision
Anton Gurevich: This is Mark Munoz’s moment. The Filipino Wrecking Machine will come out guns blazing, looking to make a title shot statement. Munoz has more experience, and in my opinion, he’s just more well-rounded as a fighter than Weidman. It’s a close fight, but I think Munoz’s physical power, experience and determination will get him the victory. My prediction is Mark Munoz via TKO in Round 3.
Mike Searson: I am going with Munoz for this one, he is on a four-fight win streak and I do not think Weidman is going to break that. That is not a slam on Weidman. His record is stellar and he is a very competent fighter. However, I think Munoz has a superior ground game, stronger stand up and an edge on strength. I do not see either of these guys submitting the other or even a knockout or TKO. I think this one will go the distance and Munoz will win by unanimous decision.
Mike Drahota: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman is an interesting bout in that it features a top-ranked Middleweight and a young fighter on the cusp of stardom. That being said, it also presents the chance of a highly non-exciting bout, as both fighters are known to have excellent wrestling. This could produce a bit of a stalemate even though Munoz has predicted an action-packed fight. Munoz was set to face Chael Sonnen earlier this year before being derailed by elbow surgery, so we will see if he fully recuperated. Weidman looked unimpressive in his last win vs. Demian Maia after a massive weight cut. With Munoz calling for a title shot with a win here, this bout could answer a lot of questions at Middleweight. I'm not sure if destroying Chris Leben and beating Chris Weidman should earn you a shot at Silva these days. One it cannot answer, however, is whether or not either one could actually stand a chance against Anderson Silva. It's close, but I'll take Weidman in a split decision here.
Evan Holober: Every once in a while an athlete comes along that adds multiple exceptional skills. Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman both share this characteristic. The pair comes from a wrestling background where each excelled at the highest levels of competition, but the other attributes are different. Munoz's power has lent to his becoming one of the most feared strikers in the 185 lb division. Weidman has used his grappling background to become excellent at Jiu-Jitsu. This one will come down to who implements their gameplan better, and in my opinion Chris's wrestling is a little bit better in MMA which will give him the advantage. I think Chris controls the fight on the ground, and after some frustration Munoz will make a mistake that Weidman will capitalize on. Weidman Submission Rd.4.
Daniel Cassidy: In a bout with likely title implications, both fighters enter the cage with very prominent skill sets. Munoz is most well-known for his wrestling credentials, as well as vicious ground and pound, whereas Weidman is noted for his BJJ and his wrestling background. I think Weidman has more tools to win the fight. His BJJ will give Munoz fits if he gets taken down, and his own wrestling will allow him to take Munoz down. We've seen Munoz struggling with cardio as the fight goes on, and I think this is Weidmans biggest advantage. My prediction is Chris Weidman via R4 submission.