UFC on Fuel TV while not the most attended event in recent years, sure did pack the entertainment. With more than half of the cards’ bouts ending in finishes, and many of them quite spectacular, it was probably hard to hand out the awards. Each of the winners got to take home an extra 40k for their efforts. The person in need of that money the most was Fight of the Night winner James Te-Huna, who broke both a hand and foot in his fight with Joey Beltran. Beltran, a late replacement, didn’t look great in his re-debut at light-heavyweight, but was not light on the action.
If anything will be remembered from this card it will most likely be the way Chris Weidman beat Mark Munoz. It was scary to see him beat Demian Maia on short notice, and with a full training camp he ruined Munoz. From the outset Weidman manhandled him with his ground work, and that elbow took Munoz out of the fight. It also put the bonus for KO of the night in Weidman’s pocket. Submission of the night went to Alex Caceres who finished former top ten fighter Damacio Page with a triangle choke in the second round.
The attendance and live gate for the event wee not the greatest. The UFC drew 4,250 people for a gate of about $163,495, and when you figure they handed out $160,000 in just bonuses, you cannot say that the UFC does not take care of their fighters. Granted, the fights took place on a Wednesday, and the prelims started at about three in the afternoon when most people are still at work.