If you were looking for the next UFC middleweight contender, Chris Weidman just delivered a stunningly convincing argument. Weidman roared through Mark Munoz at the main event of UFC on FUEL 4, snatching Munoz's claim to a title shot with a vicious sequence that saw Weidman drop "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" with a standing elbow, then turn his skull into a leaky blood faucet with 17 unanswered shots.
Not bad for someone who's only been fighting professionally since 2009.
Like usual, a host of Weidman's co-workers were watching live as the violence ensued, and the resulting Twitter dialogue saw the pros split into two primary schools of thought. Half were disgusted with referee Josh Rosenthal's blatantly late stoppage, and the other half were absolutely blown away by Weidman's performance, declaring the New York native the next challenger to Anderson Silva's middleweight throne.
Breaking News: Carwin WON'T be dropping to 185.#UFC— Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) July 12, 2012
Terrible refereeing by josh rosenthal. Let Munoz take way to much punishment— michael (@bisping) July 12, 2012
WOW Weidman looked INCREDIBLE tonight!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) July 12, 2012
Big congrats to @ChrisWeidmanUFC amazing performance. Gets better every-time.— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 12, 2012
Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) July 12, 2012
Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) July 12, 2012
kinda crazy how thing unfold.. this free fuel tv card was far superior to the $60 stacked PPV card on saturday..— Mike Brown (@mikebrownmma) July 12, 2012
I fully agree on letting fighters continue, but fighters safety is suppose to be #1 concern and it's in the refs hands, that was way late!— John Cholish (@JohnCholish) July 12, 2012
Weidman vs Silva? I don't have sound where I'm watching but who else is there? Give him a shot while he is on aRoll— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) July 12, 2012
Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) July 12, 2012
A Lil late josh. @mark_munoz will be back— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) July 12, 2012
The first death in an official MMA match will be due to a ref not doing his job. SCARY...— Cyrille Diabaté (@CyrilleDiabate) July 12, 2012
Holy shit sums that up #FightNight !!!! We have a new number one contender !!! Who agrees????— Louis Gaudinot (@LouGaudinotUFC) July 12, 2012
Wow so that was a late stoppage, wtf?! So many unnecessary shots.— Bart Palaszewski (@Bartimus7) July 12, 2012
Holy shit!!! Caught um on the way in with an elbow #FightNight— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) July 12, 2012
UFC tonight: Oh my God!! What a finish!!— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) July 12, 2012
So sad! Still a champ in my eyes @mark_munoz! Keep your head up!!— Arianny Celeste (@AriannyCeleste) July 12, 2012
Ahhhhhhhhh yea @ChrisWeidmanUFCtitle shot Anderson ur done— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) July 12, 2012
I was perfect on my picks tonight! First time ever! Weidman is legit, give him a title shot!— Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) July 12, 2012