On July 11, 2012, two UFC middleweight warriors stepped inside the Octagon to throw down in a five-round battle to possibly determine who would be the next top contender for champion Anderson Silva. Those two men were “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman. One walked away with his hand raised, and even called out the champ Silva.

In the co-main event, two strikers went toe-to-toe, as Joey Beltran made his UFC debut at 205 pounds against New Zealand’s James Te Huna. But that’s not all. Four other bouts took place on the Fuel TV main card, which delivered with loads of entertainment.

An additional five bouts aired live on Facebook before the main card as the UFC invaded the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday.

Weidman stops Munoz in round two; wants Silva next

In the main event of the evening, former prestigious NCAA wrestlers met face-to-face with possible title implications on the line.

Weidman exploded at about 15 seconds in and took Munoz to the mat. From there, it was all Weidman. No one has been able to dominate Munoz on the ground for a full five minutes, but Weidman impressed with a dominant round one.

The New York-based fighter landed yet another takedown, but Munoz was able to escape and get back to his feet. But in an exchange, Weidman landed a brutal elbow to the face of Munoz that immediately dropped him. With several heavy shots Weidman forced a stoppage with Munoz spilling blood from the elbow strike.

After the fight, Weidman stated that he wants to fight Anderson Silva for the belt next.

Te Huna puts on striking display against Beltran

The co-main event featured two feared strikers, as James Te Huna and Joey Beltran went the distance in a stand-up war.

As expected, Te Huna and Beltran slugged it out early in the fight, and did not slow down. The more athletic Te Huna was the aggressor, and picked his shots nicely. At one point in the final 20 seconds of the round, Te Huna landed a left hook, and almost finished Beltran but the horn sounded.

The pace slowed in the second round, but Te Huna stayed in control. It appeared the cut to 205 was rough on Beltran, and was taken down easily. After a stand-up, Te Huna continued to strike smartly with his opponent, with the only offense from Beltran coming in the final seconds.

Beltran opened up more in the final round by landing some good combinations, but Te Huna always seemed to one up Beltran. A fun striking bout ended with the two light heavyweights slugging it out until the final bell.

Te Huna was awarded the victory unanimously, with one judge scoring round one 10-8.

Simpson dominates at 170 against Robertson

Kenny Robertson came in as a late replacement for the injured Jon Fitch, but couldn’t overcome the strength of Aaron Simpson, who made his debut at welterweight.

Both wrestlers came out strong in the opening round, with both doing their fair share of damage. Robertson was able to land a few strikes on Simpson, but “A-Train” used his size to control his opponent against the cage for the majority of the frame.

The former Arizona State Sun Devil Simpson continued to use his high level wrestling skills in round two, and stayed on top of Robertson for basically the entire five minutes of the round going into the last stanza.

Robertson had no answer in the final round, and was put on his back once again. Simpson looked dominant at his new weight class.

Carmont submits Vemola with choke

Promising middleweight contenders Francis Carmont and Karlos Vemola locked horns on the night’s main card.

The first round was very tiring for the two large middleweights. Vemola wanted the fight on the mat and did so right off the back. Both went back-and-forth attempting submissions, making round one very close.

Carmont came out with a front kick to the face in the second, but Vemola ate it and kept coming forward. Once the fight was on the ground, Carmont was able to reverse the position, get a crucifix, and locked up a rear-naked choke choke for the victory.

Carmont improved to 3-0 in his UFC career.

Dillashaw submits Lee in round one

Two rising bantamweights went toe-to-toe next, with T.J. Dillashaw getting an early stoppage win over Vaughan Lee.

Lee came in as the biggest underdog on the card, and Dillashaw was not going to let an upset happen. The Team Alpha Male member came out slow at first, but ended up taking the back of Lee on the feet, and locking up a rear-naked choke to force the tap out.

Dillashaw is now 2-0 in his last two outings, and is molding into a legitimate prospect in the division.

Dos Anjos lands six total takedowns in decision win over Njokuani

To open up the main card, two veteran lightweights squared off where only one could move up the 155-pound ladder. Rafael dos Anjos came in with a great strategy, and out-wrestled Anthony Njokuani to get the win.

The first round started off technical on the feet, but dos Anjos started to come forward and landed a left hand that rocked Njokuani. From there, the Brazilian secured a takedown, and claimed the opening frame of the fight.

Dos Anjos continued to do the same midway through the fight. By landing a couple of takedowns and controlling his opponent, dos Anjos was up 20-18 over Njokuani heading into the final round.

The Brazilian landed his sixth takedown in the fight, a career high for him, and didn’t let up on keeping the pressure on Njokuani. Dos Anjos really showcased his wrestling in the fight to counteract the striking game of Njokuani.

Two out of the three judges had dos Anjos winning all three rounds, with the third scoring it 29-28. Nevertheless, all had dos Anjos as the victor.

Preliminary Card Summary

The final Facebook preliminary bout featured Alex Caceres vs. Damacio Page in a bantamweight showdown. Caceres was able to use his length to his advantage on the mat, and submit Page with a triangle choke in round two.

In the UFC’s flyweight division, Chris Cariaso made his debut at 125 pounds against Josh Ferguson. Cariaso looked very impressive at the new weight class, and won all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

Andrew Craig stepped up to take on Brazilian Rafael Natal, and showed a ton of heart in this bout. Craig was rocked many times early in round two, but came back to landed a huge head kick to knockout his opponent with only 8 seconds remaining in the round.

Marcelo Guimaraes made his UFC debut a success by earning a split decision victory over Dan Stittgen. It was a slow-paced, grueling fight, with the Brazilian controlling his opponent the majority of the duration.

In the opening fight on Facebook, Raphael Assuncao scored his first knockout victory since 2009, by defeating Issei Tamura by TKO in round two. Assuncao landed a big left hand, then followed up with punches on the ground to force a stoppage.

Full Results

Chris Weidman def. Mark Munoz by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:37
James Te Huna def. Joey Beltran by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Aaron Simpson def. Kenny Robertson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Francis Carmont def. Karlos Vemola by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:39
T.J. Dillashaw def. Vaughan Lee by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:33
Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex Caceres def. Damacio Page by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 1:27
Chris Cariaso def. Josh Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andrew Craig def. Rafael Natal by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 4:52
Marcelo Guimaraes def. Dan Stittgen by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao def. Issei Tamura by TKO (punches). Round 2, 0:25

Photo: Chris Weidman (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.