UFC on FUEL TV 4: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 HP Pavilion in San Jose, California UFC Middleweight Contender Chris Weidman (-125) Profile: Chris Weidman (8-0) is 4-0 in the UFC and earned a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia in his last fight at UFC on FOX 2. His other bouts in the UFC resulted in first-round submissions of Tom Lawlor at UFC 139 and Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131 along with a unanimous decision victory against Alessio Sakara in his debut at UFC on Versus 3. Before that, Weidman competed in the Ring of Combat, where he registered the first four wins of his pro MMA career. He won the ROC middleweight title in just his third fight there with a first-round TKO of Uriah Hall on September 24, 2010. UFC Middleweight Contender Mark Munoz (-105) Profile: Mark Munoz (12-2) is 7-1 in his last eight fights and 7-2 in the UFC, with his only loss as a middleweight during that stretch coming to Yushin Okami at UFC on Versus 2 on August 1, 2010. His other loss in the UFC came against Matt Hamill at light heavyweight at UFC 96 three years ago. Munoz is coming off a second-round TKO of Chris Leben at UFC 138 last November 5 and was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2 on January 28 but had to withdraw due to an elbow injury. He is riding a four-fight winning streak overall since his last loss, beating Maia at UFC 131 and Aaron Simpson at UFC 123 by unanimous decision and knocking out C.B. Dollaway at UFC on Versus 3 in addition to the victory over Leben. Opening UFC on FUEL TV Odds Analysis: MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas made Weidman a small -125 favorite (bet $125 to win $100) while Munoz opened as a +105 underdog (bet $100 to win $105) according to the MMA odds. MMA bettors have put their money on Weidman early on even though Munoz is No. 3 in the MMAOB MMA Fighter Rankings and he checks in at No. 11. The fact that Weidman is still unbeaten certainly comes into play, especially since he is 4-0 in the UFC. Munoz has an edge in experience, although he will be facing a tough test here in Weidman for what could be a opportunity to move past Sonnen as the top challenger for middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The winner may not get an immediate title shot, but he will definitely be in the mix as a possible next opponent.
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