By Mike Bohn |
February 27, 2021 9: 20 pm
Munhoz’s offensive repertoire revolved primarily spherical punishing Rivera’s lead leg, and it gave him a convincing lead after factual a few minutes the total diagram until the closing bell for a unanimous resolution by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 on Saturday evening.
The bantamweight bout, which was once a rematch of Rivera’s unanimous resolution victory from November 2015, was once segment of the UFC Fight Night 186 significant card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It streamed on ESPN+.
“That was once the second time we had been ready to assemble this battle throughout the octagon,” Munhoz said in his put up-battle interview with Paul Felder. “We did it six years ago, and it was once a warfare, and this time it was once a warfare all any other time.”
Both males came out firing to open off the bout, with Rivera (23-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) stinging Munhoz (18-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) with a few photographs. The Brazilian got some appreciate again with a orderly blow of his own, however Rivera was once relentless alongside with his fingers. Munhoz dedicated to the calf kicks, and the afflict swiftly gathered, forcing Rivera to wince and fall down a few cases upon impression.
“My left leg is killing me, I assemble now not know what to assemble with it.”
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) February 28, 2021
Rivera told his nook between rounds that his calf was once toast and he “didn’t know what to assemble with it.” He came out punching to open Round 2, although, however wanted to be cautious in taking extra afflict. They in immediate spilled to the bottom and traded heel hook attempts, however the battle swiftly returned standing and Munhoz went again to battering the leg. Rivera if truth be told was once disarmed due to the leg afflict by late within the second spherical, and it allowed Munhoz to mutter a measured output and decide entire withhold a watch on.
With the total momentum on Munhoz’s facet going into Round 3, Rivera swung for the fences attempting to originate something large happen. Munhoz wasn’t there to be caught in a mistake, although, and he cruised to the closing bell with more punches and kicks. Rivera chanced on a late second in touchdown a heavy shot within the closing minute, however he couldn’t afflict Munhoz badly ample to pull off the shapely turnaround.
As a result, Munhoz snapped his two-battle losing skid and got his hand raised for the first time since a knockout of historical UFC champ Cody Garbrandt in March 2019.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 186 results include:
- Pedro Munhoz def. Jimmie Rivera by strategy of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Alex Caceres def. Kevin Croom by strategy of unanimous resolution (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Thiago Moises def. Alexander Hernandez by strategy of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Alexis Davis def. Sabina Mazo by strategy of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Ronnie Lawrence def. Vince Cachero by strategy of TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2: 38
- Dustin Jacoby def. Maxim Grishin by strategy of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)