Heading into his UFC on Fuel 4 main event against Mark Munoz, Chris Weidman told anyone who would listen that his goal was to make it obvious that he's the fighter who should get a title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Weidman might need some more time before he's ready for the world's best fighter. But he left no doubt on Wednesday night that he belongs on the short list of legitimate 185-pound contenders.
The Serra-Longo Fight Club competitor absolutely demolished Mark Munoz, scoring a TKO at 1:37 of the second round.
It was the fifth straight UFC win for the undefeated Weidman (9-0).
The finish came when Weidman perfectly timed a big Munoz overhand right and met him with a vicious short elbow which dropped Munoz. The strike opened opened a pouring faucet of a cut over Munoz's left eye. Weidman opened up with a series of punches on the ground before referee Josh Rosenthal finally came in and stopped it.
"I've just been playing around with some elbows." said Weidman. "I was playing with the elbows Jon Jones has given the blueprint on how to do it, so I just sort of followed him."
The finish followed a 10-8 first round in which Weidman immediately took down the former NCAA champion wrestler from Oklahoma State and dominated him for five minutes, scoring several near-submissions in the process.
After the bout, Weidman again said he wanted a crack at Silva.
"I want Anderson Silva," Weidman said. "Every time I've had a full training camp I've gotten a finish. I've want a chance at Anderson Silva."
Munoz (12-3), who hadn't fought since November due to a knee injury, tipped his hat to his opponent.
"He caught me with that elbow coming in, I was trying to throw that overhand right," he said. "That happens sometimes in MMA. He's a beast."