Raphael Assuncao vs. Issei Tamura
Raphael Assuncao (16-4) makes his third start inside the octagon when he meets fellow bantamweight Issei Tamura (7-2) in a UFC on Fuel TV 4 preliminary card bout.
Assuncao, 29, is a Brazil native who fights out of Atlanta, GA at the Ascension MMA gym. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2004 and won 12 of his first 13 while competing in regional events including victories over the likes of notables Jorge Masvidal and Joe Lauzon. Assuncao made the move into the WEC in 2009 and finished with a 3-2 mark before transitioning into the UFC in early 2011. He was knocked out in his UFC 128 debut by Erik Koch but rebounded and picked up a decision victory over Johnny Eduardo at UFC 134 last August.
Tamura, 28, is a Tokyo, Japan native who fights out of the Krazy Bee gym. The wrestling based mixed martial artist made his professional debut in 2008 and won his first five fights including the 2008 Shooto Rookie Tournament. Tamura did drop 2 of his final 3 bouts in Japan before making the move into the UFC this year. He was impressive in his UFC 144 debut this past February winning via KO over Zhang Tiequan.
Prediction – Assuncao Submission
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen
Submission-based welterweight Marcelo Guimaraes (7-0-1) will make his organizational debut at UFC on Fuel TV 4 in a preliminary card match-up against Dan “The Anvil” Stittgen (7-2).
Guimaraes is a Brazil native who fights out of the Caveira Team. The former 185-pounder made his professional debut in November 2006 before taking over three years off. He fought to a draw in just his second career bout in January 2010, but has since won six in a row while competing for the Jungle Fight organization. His most recent fight took place last August defeating Lucas Rota at Jungle Fight 31.
Stittgen, 31, is an Illinois born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Midwest Training Center. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt made his professional debut in 2009 and won his first four bouts before dropping a January 2010 fight to UFC vet Justin Edwards. “The Anvil” rebounded to win his next three before signing with the UFC earlier this year. In his UFC 143 debut this February, Stittgen was knocked out by kickboxing specialist Stephan Thompson.
Prediction – Guimaraes Decision
Rafael Natal vs. Andrew Craig
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rafael “Sapo” Natal (14-3-1) will attempt to win his third in a row inside the octagon when he meets Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Andrew Craig (7-0) in a UFC on Fuel TV 4 preliminary card bout that will be contested at 185 pounds.
Natal, 29, is a Brazil native who now fights out of New York City with Gracie Fusion. “Sapo” made his professional debut in May of 2005 and won seven of his first eight while fighting on the regional circuit in his native country. After moving to the United States, Natal went on to win five of his next six competing in organizations stateside like Ring of Combat and Moosin. He earned a chance to fight under the UFC banner in 2010 going winless during his first pair of bouts. After shaking a 0-1-1 start, Natal has posted back to back unanimous decision victories against Paul Bradley at UFC 133 and Michael Kuiper at UFC 143 this February.
Craig, 26, is a Houston, Texas native who remains in state fighting out of Team Tooke. The wrestling/BJJ based mixed martial artist made his debut a little over two years ago in May of 2010. Craig won his first six bouts including capturing the Legacy FC Middleweight Title prior to joining the UFC earlier this year. In his octagon debut this spring at UFC on FX, Craig outpointed veteran Kyle Noke for a decision win.
Prediction – Craig Decision
Chris Cariaso vs. Josh Ferguson
Former bantamweights Chris Cariaso (13-3) and Josh Ferguson (8-4) will meet in a 125 pound preliminary card bout at UFC on Fuel TV 4.
Cariaso, 31, is a California native who now fights out of San Francisco. “Kamikaze” made his professional debut in 2006 and won 9 of his first 10 including a 4-1 mark for Strikeforce. In 2010, Cariaso moved onto the WEC where he split a pair of bouts before advancing to the UFC early in 2011. Since arriving inside the octagon, the well rounded mixed martial artist has won three of four including his last two. At UFC 144 this past February, Cariaso defeated Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision.
Ferguson, 23, is a Louisville, Kentucky based mixed martial artist who now fights out of All-American MMA. “Taz” made his professional debut in July of 2007 and won seven of his first eight while fighting on the regional circuit across the Midwest United States. The submission based fighter did drop two of three bouts before earning a position on The Ultimate Fighter 14. A bantamweight on TUF 14’s Team Bisping, Ferguson advanced into the quarterfinals before losing to Johnny Bedford. He returned at the TUF 14 Finale last December but was submitted by Roland Delorme.
Prediction – Cariaso TKO
Damacio Page vs. Alex Caceres
WEC holdover Damacio Page (15-7) will attempt to pick up his first victory inside the octagon at UFC on Fuel TV 4 against Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres (6-5) when the two meet in a preliminary card bantamweight fight.
Page, 29, is a New Mexico based mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s Submission Fighting. Page made his professional debut in 2005 and won 12 of his first 15 while competing on the mid-major fight circuit for organizations like TKO in Canada, K-1 in Japan and King of the Cage in the United States. The hard-hitting Page made a move into the WEC in 2008 and posted a 3-2 mark while competing for over two years with the promotion. The UFC brought most of the WEC’s fighters over in 2011, however since that has happened; Page hasn’t picked up a win. He dropped a fight last March with Brian Bowles then lost this April at UFC on Fuel TV to Brad Pickett both by way of submission.
Caceres, 24, is a Miami, Florida based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Young Tigers Foundation. “Bruce Leroy” made his professional debut in November of 2008 and won five of his first seven while fighting in regional promotions across the southern United States. He transitioned into the UFC in early 2011 after a stint on TUF 12. While competing as a featherweight, Caceres lost his first pair of fights. After moving down into the bantamweight division, Caceres has split a pair, defeating Cole Escovedo at UFC on Fox last November and losing this past February at UFC 143 against Edwin Figueroa.
Prediction – Caceres Decision
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani
A pair of solid lightweights who have won two of their last three bouts will meet in a UFC on Fuel TV 4 main card bout when Rafael dos Anjos (16-6) takes on Anthony Njokuani (15-6, NC).
Dos Anjos, 27, is a Brazilian based mixed martial artist who fights out of Evolve MMA. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in September of 2004 and won 11 of his first 13 competing mostly in his home country on the regional fight scene. His impressive start earned him a chance to fight under the UFC banner in 2008, however back to back losses in his first two attempts put him on shaky ground. He solidified his position with the company with three straight victories before losing a pivotal bout at UFC 117 against Clay Guida. Since falling in his fight with Guida, dos Anjos has won two of his last three including a May UFC on Fuel TV submission over Kamal Shalorus. His overall mark inside the UFC’s octagon stands at 5-4.
Njokuani, 32, is a Nigeria born mixed martial artist who fights out of Las Vegas, NV with Janjira Muay Thai. “The Assassin” made his professional debut in May of 2003 and lost only one time over his first eleven contests while competing in local organizations across Texas, California, and Colorado. Njokuani moved onto the WEC in early 2009 losing his promotional debut to current UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. He followed his loss against Henderson with three consecutive “KO of the Night” victories climbing up the divisional ranks. After losing two of his last three for the WEC, he was brought into the UFC in early 2011. Since joining the world’s top promotion, Njokuani has split four fights. Njokuani has been victorious in two of his last three including winning a unanimous decision at UFC 145 this April over John Makdessi.
Prediction – Dos Anjos TKO
TJ Dillashaw vs. Vaughn Lee
The Ultimate Fighter 14 runner-up TJ Dillashaw (5-1) will look for his second straight victory inside the octagon when he meets British based Vaughn Lee (12-7-1) at UFC on Fuel TV 4 in a preliminary card bout that will be contested at 135 pounds.
Dillashaw, 26, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. The former California State Fullerton wrestler made his professional debut in March of 2010 and won his first four fights while fighting in regional organizations across California and Nevada. The well balanced bantamweight earned a position on TUF 14 and advanced into the final where he was defeated by John Dodson. Dillashaw bounced back this past February to pick up his first victory inside the octagon at UFC on Fuel TV defeating Walel Watson via decision.
Lee, 29, is a Birmingham, England based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Ultimate Training Centre. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in February 2003 and lost his first three fights, however quickly turned it around and won 11 of his next 15 bouts to earn a UFC contract. At UFC 138 last November, Lee was defeated via split decision against Chris Cariaso. He rebounded this past February at UFC 144 and defeated Norifumi Yamamoto by submission.
Prediction – Dillashaw Decision
Karlos Vemola vs. Francis Carmont
Czech Republic’s Karlos “The Terminator” Vemola (9-2) looks re-energized as a middleweight and will meet Francis Carmont (18-7) in a UFC on Fuel TV 4 main card bout.
Vemola, 27, is a London, England based mixed martial artist who fights out of London Shootfighters. “The Terminator” made his professional debut in February 2008 and won his first seven bouts while competing mostly for Cage Fighters Championships. The CFC Heavyweight Champion moved on into the UFC in late 2010 dropping his UFC 116 debut against heavyweight Jon Madsen. After his debut, Vemola moved down into the light-heavyweight division and split a pair of bouts before taking another step down to fight in the middleweight division. At UFC on Fox this past May, Vemola looked impressive submitting Mike Massenzio in his 185 debut.
Carmont, 30, is a French based mixed martial artist who now fights out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Tri-Star Gym. “Limitless” made his professional debut in February 2004 and went on to win 16 of his first 23 including five straight before signing with the UFC in late 2011. A veteran of the European regional circuit, Carmont has since won both of his octagon fights. He picked up a unanimous decision victory over Chris Camozzi at UFC 137 last October and then submitted Marcus Cedenblad at UFC on Fuel TV this April.
Prediction – Vemola TKO
Aaron Simpson vs. Kenny Robertson
Former middleweight Aaron Simpson (11-3) will now fight as a welterweight at UFC on Fuel TV 4 against Kenny Robertson (11-1) in a main card bout.
Simpson, 37, is a Colorado born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Arizona with the Power MMA Team. The former Arizona State wrestler and coach made his professional MMA debut in April of 2000 winning four straight in regional action to earn a chance to fight in the WEC eight years later. Simpson fought only once in the WEC before moving onto the UFC one year later. “A-Train” won his first three inside the octagon before suffering back to back losses in 2010. He rebounded to win his next three, but had that winning streak stopped this February when he dropped a decision at UFC on Fuel TV to Ronny Markes.
Robertson, 28, is an Illinois based mixed martial artist who fights out of Central Illinois Combat. The 5’10” Robertson made his professional debut in 2008 and won his first ten bouts while competing for organizations such as Bellator, Cage Rage, Combat USA, and Madtown Throwdown. His first career loss came in February 2011 at UFC 126 losing via TKO against Mike Pierce. He was released shortly after his debut, but after winning last October in a European regional event, he was re-signed to the UFC.
Prediction – Simpson TKO
James Te-Huna vs. Joey Beltran
Light-Heavyweight James Te-Huna (14-5) will meet recently re-signed Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (14-7) in a UFC on Fuel TV 4 main card bout.
Te-Huna, 30, is a New Zealand based mixed martial artist who fights out of Sydney, Australia at Elite Fight Gym. The boxing/wrestling based fighter made his professional debut in April of 2003 and won 11 of his first 15 while competing on the regional circuit in Australia. The CFC Light-Heavyweight Grand Prix Champ made his UFC debut in early 2010 winning against Igor Pokrajac at UFC 110. After dropping a bout with current contender Alexander Gustafsson, Te-Huna has posted back to back victories over Ricardo Romero at UFC 135 and Aaron Rosa at UFC on Fox this past March.
Beltran, 30, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Alliance MMA and the Blackline Fight Group. “The Mexicutioner” made his professional debut in 2007 winning 10 of his first 13 while competing for Strikeforce, Bellator, King of the Cage and other promotions. The UFC signed Beltran in early 2010 and he came through with back to back victories. He ran into some trouble losing four of his next five under the UFC banner and was released after getting TKO’ed by Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox. He earned his way back into the promotion with a decision victory over Anton Talmante in Oklahoma for C3 Fights this past April.
Prediction – Te-Huna KO
Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
The UFC on Fuel TV 4’s main event features a pair of 185-pound fighters who are riding four-fight winning streaks as Mark Munoz (12-2) meets Chris Weidman (8-0).
Munoz, 28, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Kings MMA and the Reign Training Center. The former Oklahoma State wrestler made his professional MMA debut in July of 2007 and won his first three bouts in regional action. He joined the WEC in 2008 and won both of his contests for the organization before transitioning into the UFC one year later. Munoz was defeated by Matt Hamill at UFC 96 in March 2009 but has since won seven of his last eight including four straight. His most recent victory came at UFC 138 in November winning via TKO over Chris Leben.
Weidman, 28, is a New York based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Serra-Longo Fight Team. The former Hofstra wrestler made his professional MMA debut in February 2009 and went on to win his first four bouts in the Ring of Combat organization. The former ROC Middleweight Champion made his UFC debut in early 2011 and has won all four of his bouts for the company. Following victories over Tom Lawlor, Jesse Bongfeldt, and Alessio Sakara, Chris Weidman defeated Demian Maia at UFC on Fox this January.
Prediction – Munoz Decision