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The main event of the night features two of the best wrestlers in the middleweight division, and both Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman are hoping their ground game can get them a UFC title shot.
Munoz has been slowly making his way up the middleweight rankings for three years now, and other than a slight setback against Yushin Okami in August of 2010, he has been perfect as an 185 lb fighter.
After scoring back-to-back big wins over Demian Maia and Chris Leben, Munoz has been a win away from a middleweight title shot for over six months now. Injuries, however, have forced him to sit on the sidelines.
When Munoz was injured and forced off of the UFC on FOX 2 card in January, Chris Weidman was given the opportunity to step up and fight on the reshuffled card and he earned the biggest victory of his UFC career over Demian Maia.
Weidman did not look great against the BJJ expert, but given the fact that he took such a tough fight on short notice that should probably be forgiven.
Both of these fighters are tremendous wrestlers, but it is going to be difficult for either man to really dominate in the grappling department.
This fight could easily end up being a slug fest, since Munoz seems to be the superior fighter in that aspect of the game.
As a result I have to give Munoz the slight edge in this bout, but Weidman’s wrestling could be good enough for him to take the decision.
Mark Munoz by Split Decision