UFC 148 Fight Card Primer: Mark Munoz Vs. Chris Weidman

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The middleweight division is wide open right now. There's champion Anderson Silva, then there's a laundry list of possible challengers. Two of those men will face off in the main event of UFC on Fuel 4, and the winner might just get that elusive title shot. Mark Munoz (12-2, 7-2 UFC) meets Chris Weidman (8-0, 4-0 UFC)

Munoz is ranked at number three at middleweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Weidman sits in the number nine slot. This bout could very well decide who is the next challenger for Anderson Silva's UFC middleweight title. This middleweight UFC on Fuel 4 bout is the main event of the night, and will air live on Fuel TV. The Fuel broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Munoz: 34 years old | 6'0" | 71"reach
Weidman: 28 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach

What have these two done recently?

Munoz: W - Chris Leben (TKO) | W - Demian Maia (UD) | W - C.B. Dollaway (KO)
Weidman: W - Demian Maia (UD) | W - Tom Lawlor (SUB) | W - Jesse Bongfeldt (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Mark "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Munoz came over from the WEC as a light heavyweight, but a knockout loss to Matt Hamill led to a drop to middleweight. He has flourished in the division thus far, going 7-1 and taking out names such as Chris Leben and Demian Maia. He'll face what is probably the toughest test of his career in Weidman with a possible title shot on the line.

Chris Weidman is a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American in wrestling, and has shown great promise in his brief MMA career to date. In just his third pro fight, he knocked out Uriah Hall to win the Ring of Combat middleweight title. After another decision win later in the year, Weidman was brought into replace Rafael Natal and took on veteran Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3, where won a 30-27 decision. He was again a late replacement at UFC 131, where he submitted Jesse Bongfeldt with a brutal standing guillotine at the end of the first round. He then took on tough veteran Tom Lawlor at UFC 139, and put him completely to sleep with a tight D'Arce choke.He then stepped up on late notice again to face Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2, and picked up a decision. This is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his short career.

Why should you care?

This is an extremely important middleweight fight, and the fighters match up very well. It might not turn into the most exciting fight ever, but relevance alone should get you to tune in.

You can catch more UFC on Fuel 4 preview content from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC on Fuel 4: Munoz vs. Weidman

UFC On Fuel 4: Munoz Vs. Weidman Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC On Fuel TV 4: Main Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On Fuel 4 Weigh-In Results: Munoz 186, Weidman 186 - Tim Burke

UFC On Fuel 4 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC On Fuel TV 4: Chris Weidman Vs. Mark Munoz Winner Should Face Rashad Evans Next - Fraser Coffeen

UFC On Fuel TV 4: Andrew Craig Talks Fight With Rafael Natal - Steph Daniels

UFC On Fuel TV 4: Facebook Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

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