UFC on Fuel TV 4: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Cody GuinnContributor IIIJuly 9, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV 4: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    While many are still talking about UFC 148 this past weekend, it's easy to forget the UFC will be back in action this Wednesday with UFC on Fuel TV 4—Munoz vs. Weidman. 

    Mark Munoz was scheduled to face Chael Sonnen back at UFC on Fox 2 with the winner earning a shot at Anderson Silva, but when Munoz went down with injury, Bisping stepped in and was defeated by Sonnen.

    Bisping was scheduled to face Demian Maia on the same card, but when he jumped at the opportunity to face Sonnen, Bisping was replaced by highly-touted prospect Chris Weidman.

    Weidman defeated the former middleweight No. 1 contender in a rather lackluster affair. Nonetheless, it was the biggest win of Weidman's career, and now he finds himself in a fight with championship implications. 

    Now, let's take a closer look at the UFC on Fuel TV 4 main event and breakdown the matchup between Munoz and Weidman.

Striking

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    Munoz has the ability to dictate a fight due to opponents fear of the takedown. Over his past few fights, this has allowed Munoz to open up his striking some. 

    When this occurs, Munoz is nearly unstoppable. He gets inside and can land some nice shots. Right when his opponent starts focusing on the stand-up, Munoz puts him on his back.

    Weidman's striking looked improved against Maia but is still a work in process. On the feet, neither man is Anderson Silva, but on the ground, it doesn't get much better than Mark Munoz.

    There might not be a fighter in the world who hits harder on the ground than Munoz. If Munoz can get Weidman on the ground and get some striking room, Weidman's undefeated record may be no more.

    Advantage: Mark Munoz

Wrestling

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    Both Munoz and Weidman were division one wrestlers back in the day, and both have shown their impressive wrestling background in their fights.

    Munoz uses his wrestling the best in an MMA setting.

    He uses his striking to set-up takedown opportunities and then goes right into his specialty of ground-and-pound.

    Advantage: Mark Munoz

Grappling

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    Neither man is likely to be going for many submissions, but if it does come down to jiu-jitsu, Weidman will hold the advantage.

    Both Munoz and Weidman are purple belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but Weidman has displayed his submission skills more often in his MMA career.

    Two of Weidman's last three wins have come by submission, including his technical submission victory over Tom Lawlor using the d'arce choke at UFC 139.

    Although Munoz's lone submission win was due to strikes, his ground-and-pound is some of the best in the division and could set up more grappling opportunities for Munoz.

    In all, seeing that MMA is kind of a "what have you done for me lately" sport, we'll give a slight advantage to Weidman.

    Advantage: Chris Weidman

Strength & Conditioning

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    Both men are large middleweights, but as Munoz's career has progressed, so has his gas tank.

    In Weidman's last fight, he seemed very fatigued early in the second round leading to the third round, going at a very slow pace and boring many.

    Munoz seems to finally have his weight cutting down comfortably, and I look for him to hold a significant advantage in both strength and conditioning.

    Advantage: Mark Munoz

Experience

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    When Chris Weidman steps into the Octagon on Wednesday, it'll only be his ninth professional MMA bout. 

    When Munoz steps in, it'll mark his tenth appearance...inside the Octagon. 

    Advantage: Mark Munoz

Prediction

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    Weidman has been tagged by many as the top prospect in the UFC's middleweight division. While it's hard to disagree with that, it isn't hard to disagree that it may not be this year when Weidman breaks out and emerges as a title contender.

    His wrestling and grappling is very good, and his striking has looked better each fight. But Munoz is a different animal and looks to be settling nicely at 185.

    Weidman is undefeated for a reason, so it won't be easy, but I look for Munoz to use his size, speed and experience advantage to overwhelm Weidman and pick up a big win in the middleweight division.

    Prediction: Mark Munoz by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)