With six finishes on the card (3 TKOs and 3 subs), UFC on Fuel TV 4 has proven to be a more entertaining fight card that last weekend’s UFC 148. Starting with Andrew Craig’s outstanding head-kick KO victory over Rafael Natal to T.J Dillashaw’s slick standing rear-naked choke on Vaughan Lee, there was no shortage of action on the card.
Wednesday’s card will also be remembered as the birth of a new contender in the middleweight division as Chris Weidman made an emphatic statement by demolishing Mark Munoz in under two-rounds to cement his place as a contender in the UFC.
Here are the fights to make after UFC on Fuel TV 4:
1. Chris Weidman vs. Michael Bisping
Undoubtedly, Chis Weidman has surpassed the expectations of most fans heading into UFC on Fuel TV 4. Even those who had Weidman winning did not expect him to completely dominate Mark Munoz and leave him lying face-down on the octagon floor a bloody mess.
Although that was his best performance to date, it has not yet warranted him a title shot. With the UFC awaiting the debut of Hector Lombard, it is possible that the next title shot would go to him, should he gets past Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in Calgary.
In the meantime, a bout with Michael Bisping would set up the next #1 contender at 185 Lbs. With Weidman’s tear in the middleweight division, a big win over Michael Bisping would almost guarantee Weidman a shot at Anderson Silva. The same applies for Michael Bisping, he may be coming off a loss to Chael Sonnen but it is hard to argue that he is one of the top middleweight in the world and to stop Weidman would make his case for a title shot significantly stronger.
2. James Te Huna vs. Chad Griggs
Despite throwing the highest volume of significant strikes in the light-heavyweight division, Te Huna was still unable to finish Joey Beltran. Te Huna would later admit that he broke his hand half-way throughout the bout which affected his consistency and his ability to finish. The Aussie is now on a 3-fight winning streak and even thought I would like to see him tested against a grappler to measure his progression in the ground game, I think a bout with Chad Griggs would be another potential ‘Fight of the Night’. Griggs is coming off a unsuccessful heavyweight debut in the UFC and would clearly be more suited for the light-heavyweight division. Griggs has been known for upsets in the past and could potentially be a troublesome opponent for Te Huna.
3. T.J Dillashaw vs. Alex Caceres
I do not generally enjoy matching up fighters that fought on the same card together but in this scenario, it feels like the correct decision. With many of the top bantamweights in the world currently booked, a match-up between ‘Bruce Leeroy’ and the self-professed ‘monkey-style fighter’ would be an interesting bout. Dillashaw is 2-0 since his TUF finale loss to John Dodson and even though he is not close to a title shot (particularly since his team mate will soon be fighting for the intermi title), he has beaten both his opponents convincingly and continues to improve with every bout.
4. Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Extending his unbeaten UFC record to 3-0 with impressive stoppages in his last two performances, Francis Carmont is quickly making a name for himself in the middleweight division, and it may be time to move him up the 185 lbs ranks. A bout against Philippou would be his toughest test yet. After starting his UFC career with a loss to Nick Catone, Constantinos Philippou rebounded by pilling up a four-fight win streak that include wins over Jarred Hamman, Court McGee and most recently Riki Fukuda. Carmont needs to be tested and Philippou is just the man to do it.
5. Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes
Now 2-0 in the UFC with 2 come-from-behind victories to his name, Craig has proven to be a tough opponent who can handle his fair share of physical damage. His next bout should be against another fighter with a 2-0 UFC record in Ronny Markes. Markes holds victories over Aaron Simpson and Karlo Vemola and a win over Craig would signal a readiness for a step up in competiton.
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