Rising middleweights Mark Munoz
Weidman will lock horns in a five-round main event at UFC on
Fuel TV 4, promotion officials announced Tuesday night.
The 185-pound clash marks the first announced contest for the July
11 event, which will take place at a to-be-announced location.
Undefeated through eight professional contests, Weidman last
competed Jan. 28, stepping in as an injury replacement at UFC on
Fox 2 after Munoz withdrew from his co-headlining attraction with
Sonnen due to injury. Sonnen was then paired with Michael
Bisping, who was initially slated to face Brazilian jiu-jitsu
ace Demian Maia
that night. Bisping’s promotion left the submission specialist
without a foe until Weidman answered the call on just 11 days’
A former NCAA Division I wrestling standout at Hofstra University,
Weidman, 27, debuted with the UFC just over one year ago,
Sakara at UFC Live 3. Three more Octagon victories would follow
for the two-time All-American, as Weidman finished Jesse
Bongfeldt and Tom Lawlor
before taking a unanimous decision from Maia in January.
Meanwhile, Munoz has not seen action since stopping Chris Leben
this past November at UFC 138, a victory that extended his current
winning streak to four fights. Another collegiate wrestling ace,
Munoz won a national title at 197 pounds for Oklahoma State
University in 2001. A two-time World Extreme Cagefighting veteran,
Munoz has racked up a UFC record of 7-2 and has been beaten just
once since cutting to 185 pounds, dropping a split decision to
Okami in August 2010.