In what proved to be a sleeper hit for the UFC, the promotion’s fourth offering on Fuel TV, which emanated from the HP Pavilion in San Jose , California, delivered a night of exciting action in nearly every bout. While many fighters looked impressive tonight, four men were rewarded with $40,000 in fight night bonuses.
No one on the bill looked more impressive than the hot prospect, Chris Weidman. It was supposed to be an evenly matched middleweight fight against Mark Munoz, but the Division I wrestler from Hofstra had a lot to say about that. After absolutely dominating Munoz in the opening frame, taking him down at will and keeping down for the remainder of the period, it looked as though the second stanza would offer more of the same. Unfortunately for “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”, he was able to get back to his feet this time around. Munoz cocked a hard right and launched it at the head of the Serra-Longo product, who easily slipped it, responding with a brutal elbow of his own. Munoz was sent down to the mat. Weidman followed with a barrage of ground strikes under the armpit of his opponent, simply bodying the Filipino at 1:37 of round 2. Weidman now goes home $40,000 richer with a “Knockout of the Night” bonus.
Alex Caceres took home a “Submission of the Night” bonus for his triangle choke victory over Damacio Page. While Page was able to secure top control at will, “Bruce Leeroy” was able to sink a triangle chokes on various occasions. The third time proved to be the charm for the Ultimate Fighter veteran, Damacio was forced to tap to a triangle choke from the Zen Jiu Jitsu product at 1:27 of the second stanza of their bantamweight bout.
Unsurprisingly, James Te Huna and Joey Beltran threw caution to the wind in their light heavyweight tilt, and were rewarded a $40k “Fight of the Night” bonus for their efforts. Both men stood and beat each other’s brains out for 15 minutes, with the Kiwi getting the better of the exchanges for much of the bout. At the final bell, it was Te huna who would have his hands raised after earning a unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).