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UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs Weidman

Here is another addition of MMA predictions featuring UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs Weidman,  which is being held on the 11 July, 2012 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, USA. The headlining bout is between top Middleweight title contenders Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Munoz and Chris ‘All American’ Weidman.

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Predictions

Rafael dos Anjos(16-6) vs Anthony Njokuani(15-6 (1))

A Lightweight bout between two entertaining mix martial artists looking to climb the long ladder to the title in a very deep division. dos Anjos is coming into this fight after a quick submission victory over Kamal Shalorus at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. Njokuani is entering this fight after a unanimous decision victory over John Makdessi at UFC 145. This fight is a true grappler versus striker match up with dos Anjos being the more well round but having a clear advantage on the ground were as  Njokuani is predominantly a striker. dos Anjos has shown ever improving striking with a knockout win over highly touted George Sotiropoulos and rocking Kamal Shalorus on the feet than finishing him off on the ground. Njokuani although a great striker has shown weakness to submissions with half of his losses being a result of submission. I got dos Anjos getting the ‘W’ in this fight by using his striking to set up his takedowns and controlling the ground game and securing a submission for the victory.

My Winner: Rafael dos Anjos, Submission – Round 2. 

T.J. Dillashaw(5-1) vs Vaughan Lee(12–7–1)

A Bantamweight matchup between prospects TUF 14 alumni T.J. ‘The Viper’ Dillashaw and Brit Vaughan Lee. Dillashaw is coming into this fight after a dominating decision victory over Walel Watson at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger which was scored 30-25, 30-25, 30-26 by the judges. Lee is entering this fight after a huge submission victory over the Japanese star Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 144 which also won Submission of the Night honors too. Dillashaw will look to establish his wrestling early on ion the fight and using strong top control to punish Lee with strikes and submission attempts. Lee will look to use his well-rounded skills to prevent the takedown and score on the feet and maybe even try a takedown of his own while looking for submissions if he is on his back or on top. I’ve got Dillashaw’s wrestling being too much for the British fighter who will struggle to stop the quick takedowns of Dillashaw and loss by  TKO or decision.

My Winner: T.J. Dillashaw, TKO – Round 2.

Karlos Vemola(9-2) vs Francis Carmont(18-7)

A Middleweight fight between two physically strong Middleweights who are looking to jump up the rankings in a division opening up after a new group of title contenders knocking at the door for a title shot. Vemola is coming into this bout after a second round submission victory over Mike Massenzio at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller in his Middleweight debut. Carmont is entering this fight after a comeback from behind fight against Magnus Cedenblad at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva which he won by submission. This match will all be decided by who can establish their wrestling first. Vemola is a 6x Czech Republic National Wrestling Champion while Carmont has been training with arguably the best MMA wrestler GSP. I have Carmont winning this fight due to his grappling ability and being able to tire out the former Heavyweight Vemola to grinding out a decision victory.

My Winner: Francis Carmont, Decision – Round 3. 

Aaron Simpson(11–3) vs Kenny Robertson(11–1)

A Welterweight match up between former Middleweight Aaron Simpson and returning UFC fighter Kenny Robertson. Simpson is coming into this fight after a close split lose to rising prospect Ronny Markes at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. Robertson is coming into this fight after a quick knockout of Lucio Linhares in a regional show which got him an opportunity to fight again in the UFC as an injury replacement for Jon Finch. I have Aaron Simpson taking this fight by using his superior wrestling to put Robertson on his back and earn a TKO victory.

My Winner: Aaron Simpson, TKO – Round 3. 

James Te-Huna(14–5) vs Joey Beltran(14–7)

A Light Heavyweight bout between power puncher James Te-Huna and former Heavyweight and durable Joey Beltran. Te-Huna is entering this fight after a quick TKO victory over Aaron Rosa at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann. Beltran is making his UFC return after being released as a Heavyweight when he lost to Lavar Johnson and since his release has gone 1-0 as a Light Heavyweight. This set to be a contender for Fight of the Night with both fighters styles set to make a fun stand up fight for fans. It will be Beltran’s chin verses  Te-Huna’s cardio and endurance. Beltran will look to withstand Te-Huna’s early onslaught hoping he punches himself out then will turn on the pressure and try to get a late TKO victory. Te-Huna will look to pace him self and use technical striking to score against the brawler Beltran and also earn a late TKO or decision victory. I have Te-Huna using technical striking to outpoint the durable Beltran and earning a decision victory over a tough to finish Beltran.

My Winner: James Te-Huna, Decision – Round 3. 

Mark Muñoz(12–2) vs Chris Weidman(8–0)

A  top 10 Middleweight ranking match up between top contender Mark Munoz and fast rising prospect Chris Weidman. Munoz is entering this fight after a TKO victory over fan favorite Chris Leben at UFC 138 and has nearly been inactive for over 7 months due to injuries. Weidman is entering this fight after the biggest victory of his career against Demian Maia at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis. Both fighters are very similar coming into this fight as they are both NCAA Division 1 wrestlers and are purple belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This fight has all the makings of a striking match up with wrestlers usually cancelling each other out which keeps the fight standing. Taking into the account that this fight will more than likely we a stand up fight I would have to give the advantage to Munoz who possess a lot of power in his hands that really damaged the iron chin of Leben in his previous fight. Weidman will have TO be technically sound against Munoz and use good footwork to avoid the power punches to outpoint him and win a decision. I’ve got Munoz taking this fight due to his experience against veterans and his power maybe too much for Weidman especially in a 5 round fight.

My Winner: Mark Munoz, TKO – Round 4. 

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Preliminary Fights – Predicted winners in bold & red.

Damacio Page vs Alex Caceres – SUB, R1

Chris Cariaso vs Josh Ferguson – DEC, R3

Rafael Natal vs Andrew Craig – DEC, R3

Marcelo Guimaraes vs Dan Stittgen – TKO, R3

Raphael Assunção vs Issei Tamura – SUB, R2

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