The UFC returned to the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Wednesday, July 11 and the event was broadcast live on FUEL TV. Vallejo’s own Mark Munoz headlined the event, as he took on Chris Weidman in a Middleweight showdown.
Munoz was considered to be the favorite coming into the fight because he was ranked number 3 in the world among middleweight fighters. Munoz has defeated fighters such as Chris Leben in an impressive fashion. Many felt he would dominate Weidman.
However, that would not be the case on Wednesday night. Instead it was Weidman who dominated Munoz throughout the fight, taking him to the ground and keeping him there in the first round, and delivering a knockout elbow to finish Munoz off in the second round.
“I wanted to make it clear that I am not just a name in the middleweight division. I am someone that should be taken seriously,” Weidman said following the fight. “Munoz is a great fighter. I respect him a lot, but tonight I showed that I am a threat in this division and I should get a shot at Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.”
Weidman continued by saying that he would not keep calling out Silva like Chael Sonnen did. He would wait patiently for his shot at the middleweight title.
“I’m a pretty laid back guy and take it day by day,” Weidman said. “Silva has the most impressive record and many have had a difficult time taking him down. But I know I can take him down when I get in the ring with him.”
UFC President Dana White was also impressed with Weidman’s performance and believes he should be considered for a shot at the middleweight title.
“We all saw what he did to Mark Munoz, the third ranked middleweight fighter in the world. He just destroyed him,” White said. “He’s won all nine of his fights so yes, I do believe he deserves a shot at the title.”
White was also pleased with the attendance at the event and said he definitely plans on putting more events in San Jose and other parts of Northern California.
“This city is a hot spot for mixed martial arts. There are many great fighters who train here,” White said. “There will definitely be more events in Northern California in the near future.
UFC on FUEL TV Munoz Vs. Weidman results:
Chris Weidman defeated Mark Munoz
James Te Huna defeated Joey Beltran (Fight of the Night)
Aaron Simpson defeated Kenny Robertson
Francis Carmont defeated Karlos Vemola
TJ Dillashaw defeated Vaughan Lee
Rafael dos Anjos defeated Anthony Njokuani