UFC On Fuel 4: Chris Weidman Vs. Mark Munoz Play By Play

Just a few days after the biggest fight of the summer is a middle of the road card coming out of my backyard. UFC on Fuel 4 is at the Shark Tank and I’m not there. Why? Because it’s a Wednesday and people who live in the Silicon Valley work until 6 or 7PM. And also, I’m hesitant to pay good money for a show that’s low on interest and star power. And also, also, I have Fuel so I get to watch it for free (or 1/500th of my cable bill).

That being said, the main event should be good stuff.

1. Anthony Njokuani vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Dos Anjos connected with a left that put Njokuani on the floor and he also had two takedowns in the round, though Njokuani did a great job getting up immediately.

Dos Anjos succeed twice more in getting Njokuani down including a big slam late in the second. Njokuani is clearly the better striker, but Dos Anjos is moving in and out, not letting Njokuani to really let anything go.

Njokuani could never really get off. Dos Anjos took him down 6 times in all and he’s going to win an easy decision.

Winner: Rafael Dos Anjos by way of unanimous decision

2. Vaughn Lee vs. TJ Dillashaw

Lee threw a kick, Dillashaw caught his leg and did something between a suplex and a fallaway body slam. Lee was stunned and Dillashaw took him down again. Dillashaw jumped on top of his back and sunk in a rear naked choke for the win.

Winner: TJ Dillashaw by way of 1st round submission

3. Francis Carmont vs. Karlos Vemola
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The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Finale – Keith Jardine Vs. Matt Hamill Play By Play

This seems like one of the weaker TUF finale cards. From the show, Jamie Yager and Rich Attonito are going to fight in addition to the Court McGee and Kris McCray final, but no one else is on the main card. And I’m not too excited about Jardine/Hamill, even though it should be a good fight. Jardine is either going to leg kick Hamill to death, or get hit on the button and go down.

Chuck Liddell is also scheduled to be at the show only one week after his loss to Rich Franklin.

Ken Florian is with Mike Goldberg tonight.

1. Rich Attonito vs. Jamie Yager

Yager is more active and at times, too quick for Attonito with his quick kicks and good movement. Attonito shot in for a takedown and Yager kept it upright. Yager’s boxing is odd and he leaves himself open by throwing loopy punches, but Attonito hasn’t been able to take advantage of it yet.

Attonito landed some hard shots that looked to break Yager, much like he was broken in the fight he lost during the season. He shot in for the takedown and got it. He quickly got Yager’s back and went for a rear naked choke. He didn’t get it, but he eventually flattened him out and finished him with strikes to the side of the head while he was laying on his stomach.

Winner: Rich Attonito by way of 2nd round TKO

2. Dennis Siver vs. Spencer Fisher

I know I’ve said this before, but Siver looks like a midget Brock Lesner. Siver is more robotic in his striking while Fisher is in and out with feints and lots of side to side movement. Siver’s left eye was cut somehow and it’s a big cut. Siver is also throwing high kicks, but Fisher sees them coming.

It looks like the cut was from an accidental headbutt. Much better round for Siver and he might’ve eked it out. He was starting to land his right hand which was opening up even more room for his front kicks. Fisher landed some good shots as well and started to land body kicks.

This is such a close round. For the first three minutes, I thought it was Siver’s round, but Fisher might’ve done more enough at the end of this round to take it. It’s very close to what I’d score a 10-10 round. Siver shot in right as the bell rang to end the match, and it’s probably something he could’ve done earlier in the round to steal it.

Winner: Dennis Siver

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28. I thought the first round was Fisher all the way.

3. Aaron Simpson vs. Chris Leben

Typical Leben fight – Simpson out-wrestled him and out-struck him too. He was way more active and Leben’s defense was to use his face to block his punches. You know Leben wants to unload with that big left hand, but until then, he’s taking some decent shots.
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UFC Fight Night Play By Play – Gray Maynard Vs. Nate Diaz

Not only does this show go head to head with Monday Night Raw starring Mike Tyson, but this only comes one day after WEC 46 and the return of Urijah Faber. I can’t imagine this show will feature an insane pop like at the show last night, but at least the main even should be good.

1. Amir Sadollah vs. Brad Blackburn

Quick turn around for Sadollah since fighting Phil Baroni just a couple of months ago.

Both guys were pretty active. Blackburn was mostly throwing punches, but Sadollah incorporated kicks. Sadollah rocked him near the end of the round and Blackburn went crazy legs on him. Rather than following it up with more punches and probably knocking him down, Sadollah kept him up and then for whatever reason, decided to take him down, allowing him to get his marbles back. I have no idea why he did that. Blackburn lasted the round.

Blackburn pressed the action a bit more, but he was still eating leg kicks. Blackburn had a much better round, but he was taking more punishment than Sadollah was.

Sadollah had him again out on his feet. And again, for whatever reason, he took him down and allowed him to rest. Maybe Sadollah had himself via decision. If he did, he won.

Winner: Amir Sadollah by way of unanimous decision

2. Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson
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The Aftermath – UFC 102: Couture vs. Noguiera

UFC 102 was undoubtedly one of the best cards of the year. We saw the battle of legends as Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Noguiera proved that his loss to Frank Mir may have been a fluke as he won a unanimous decision over Randy Couture in a war. Besides that, Thiago Silva resumed his winning ways, Brandon Vera continued to bore us, Nate Marquart shut his critics up and we caught a glimpse of what could be the future as Todd Duffee and Jake Rosholt made huge impacts with stellar victories, the latter an unprecedented 7 second knockout. Let’s see what the FightGameBloggers had to say…

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Best Fight – Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
Worst Fight – Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

A really good main event to round off a solid night of fights. I said going into this show that I felt both Randy and Nog needed to retire, and nothing I saw tonight has changed my perception on that. Both guys really gave it their all and it turned out to be a super dramatic fight. However, I still thought they both looked really old in there. I share Alan’s concern about one of them getting hurt. The movement just isn’t there, reflexes are gone, and they are worryingly easy to hit. These are not things that can be fixed, and I am not eager to see either one matched up with a top young fighter.

I have always thought that Marquardt has the best chance of beating Silva out of the current crop of 185 pounders. He has come on a lot as a fighter since his last title shot, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do differently this time around.

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UFC 102 Weigh-ins

Thanks to Steve J from AngryMarks for doing the play by play of the weigh-ins and letting us use it for our post.

Everyone came in at weight.

1. Evan Dunham (155) v. Marcus ‘Maximus’ Aurelio (156)

2. Nick Catone (185.5) v. Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Munoz (185.5)

3. Todd Duffee (251) v. Tim Hague (263.5)

4. Justin McCully (238) v. Mike Russow (260)

5. Gabriel Gonzaga (259) v. Chris Tuchscherer (258)

6. Aaron Simpson (185) v. Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman (185.5)

7. Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben (185) v. Jake Rosholt (185)

8. Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera (205) v. Krzysztof ‘The Polish Experiment’ Soszynski (205)

9. Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt (185) v. Demian Maia (185)

10. Keith ‘The Dean of Mean’ Jardine (205) v. Thiago Silva (205)

11. Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira (231) v. Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture (220)