The UFC middleweight division received a big shake up Wednesday night when Chris Weidman made the leap from up-and-comer to full blown star after dominating top contender Mark Munoz. On paper, the fight looked even, but when the two combatants entered the cage it was clear who would come out on top.
From the opening bell, Weidman got Munoz on his back and held him there. It was the first time anyone has imposed their will on Munoz in that fashion. It truly was a spectacular sight to see.
Not only did Weidman dominate the ground game, but he controlled the stand up as well. There was no aspect of the game that was even close. Strange to say, but Munoz was in over his head and it was a complete matchup. Weidman’s brilliant performance left the MMA world speechless.
The fight ended with a beautiful counter elbow by Weidman, who utilized his length. It was perfectly time and led to the fight ending barrage of punches — several of which came after Munoz was already unconscious.
After the fight, Weidman politely called for a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The question now is whether or not Weidman is ready for a shot at Silva. Before the fight, it was believed this fight could determine the next contender for Silva’s middleweight strap. After Weidman’s jaw-dropping performance, many are calling for him to get the shot including fellow fighters and FUEL TV analysts Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar.
Bonnar and Sonnen compared Weidman’s win over Munoz to Jon Jones’ coming out party against Ryan Bader.
Will Weidman get his title shot or will he face off with an Alan Belcher or Michael Bisping in a number one contender match? We will have to wait and see.
Until then, let’s appreciate the birth of a star in the 185-pound division and what looks to be a future champion. Weidman is the real deal.