July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Chris Weidman reacts during his fight against Mark Munoz (not pictured) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
On the whole, the card was somewhat lackluster, feeling very much like what it was: A Wednesday night fight card that didn't get a lot of hype, didn't have a ton of exciting fights and was largely ignorable as background noise for most of the evening.
That is, until the card reached the main event.
In the headline fight Chris Weidman very well may have emerged as the number one contender in the UFC Middleweight division, after a one-sided thumping of Mark Munoz, who never did get to deliver on his much promised "Donkey Kong punches."
Typically, we like to run down the laundry list of the big winners and lowly losers after a UFC event, but we've decided to narrow it down. You know who won, you know who lost.
So, instead of taking a look at the big picture, let's zero in on who stood out as the biggest, singular winner and loser from the UFC on FUEL TV 4 card.
The biggest winner from this card shouldn't take anyone very long to figure out.
In the months leading up to this fight, all we really heard was how much better of a wrestler Munoz was, and how this fight was going to come down to "The Filipino Wrecking Machine's" ground-and-pound.
Though Weidman was, in fact, the betting odds favorite, Munoz was certainly the bigger name, and not a lot of people were picking Weidman to win.
Even the people who picked him to win didn't predict a one-sided slaughter.
But that's just what happened.
For a little more than a round, Weidman bullied and beat up Munoz like he was an annoying little brother who wouldn't leave him alone. There were moments where I just felt bad for Munoz. I still do, a little bit.
Weidman saved a stinker of a fight card with his performance. He put his name on the map and announced himself to the world. He may also have earned himself a title shot.
You might think I'd pick Munoz as the biggest loser. He did get absolutely wrecked on national television, and he's probably now at the back of the bread line with Sonnen, after this latest episode.
But that's now the direction I'm headed in.
My biggest loser in all of this is the UFC and Joe Silva, for the way they set up this week of programming.
I know, I know. Cry me a river, right? We got a free card of UFC fights. I should be happy. But I'm not.
I'm sorry, I just think it was all so poorly thrown together. Why have two mediocre cards in the same period of a few days, when you combine them and make something viable? Can you imagine how great it would have been to have Munoz vs. Weidman as the co-main event at UFC 148? It would have been great.
I just feel like they're pushing too hard, and at a time when the company is trying to go mainstream, it feels like really bad timing.
You don't care about the mainstream, noob MMA fan. I get that. But those rookie knuckleheads are important, whether you like them or not. If they buy in, it adds possibilities to what the UFC and Dana White can do. It means more programming. It means the ability for the UFC to bring in more exciting fighters. It's nothing but good.
It might piss you off, like when that idiot you hate started listening to Radiohead, but it really is good for the sport and for the UFC, specifically.
Quality over quantity. That has to be the mantra. I like having top level MMA at my disposal as much as possible. It's great. But I want to see solid cards, and I think we're starting to see less of that.
You're turn. In the comment section, let us know who you nominate as the biggest winner and lowliest loser from UFC on FUEL TV 4!