Sean O’Malley – Pedro Munhoz added to UFC 276

Sean O'Malley

The Suga Show is heading to UFC 276 and a top ten opponent is finally on the docket. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this evening that the promotion has finalized a bantamweight fight between Sean O’Malley (15-1) and Pedro Munhoz (19-7).

As mentioned, the fight will take place at UFC 276 on July 2nd. For Munhoz, he’s going to be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. The last time we saw him was back in December when he fought former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

After rocking Cruz in the first round and hurting him, Munhoz was a step behind in the second and third rounds. As a result, Cruz would go on to win a decision. That loss came on the heels of another loss to former UFC champion Jose Aldo.

Overall, Munhoz is just 1-4 in his last five UFC fights. However, all four of the men he’s lost to were champions so it’s not like he’s losing to terrible competition. Now, he gets a big opportunity on a huge stage against a guy with a ton of hype.

Suga Show at UFC 276

People have been asking for Sean O’Malley to fight a top ten guy in the UFC and he’s finally doing that in fighting Pedro Munhoz. O’Malley will come into UFC 276 riding a three-fight winning streak.

Back at UFC 252, O’Malley lost his first career fight to Chito Vera. Since that loss, O’Malley has looked sensational, but the competition hasn’t been great. He’s fought the likes of Thomas Almeida, Kris Moutinho, and Raulian Paiva.

None of those names scream out top contender in today’s UFC. That being said, it’s very clear that O’Malley has top level skill. However, we haven’t seen him tested against really high quality guys outside of Chito Vera.

Pedro Munhoz is going to push O’Malley and he’s going to make it a fight. This should be a tremendous contest in July.

Dominick Cruz defeats Pedro Munhoz at UFC 269

Dominick Cruz

On the prelims of UFC 269, we saw a tremendous matchup in the bantamweight division. Former champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) took on contender Pedro Munhoz (19-6, 1 NC).

Dominick Cruz is considered by many to be the greatest bantamweight in UFC history. He was the first bantamweight champion for the promotion and he had a tremendous run at the top of the division.

However, injuries really derailed the career of Cruz. For example, he’s only fought six times in the last ten years. The last time we saw him was at UFC 259 when he won a close decision over young contender Casey Kenney.

Back in 2019, it appeared that Pedro Munhoz was on the cusp of a UFC title shot. He had won three in a row which included a knockout win over former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

That win got him a fight with Aljamain Sterling which he ultimately dropped by decision. Starting with that fight, Munhoz is just 1-3 in his last four fights. His last fight was a decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 265 in August.

UFC 269 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 269 bantamweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Cruz immediately starts moving back and forth and opens with a kick. Munhoz tries for a head kick of his own but doesn’t land.

Good low kick lands for Munhoz. Munhoz misses with a big head kick and Cruz pops him with a 1-2. Another nice straight shot from Cruz. Cruz catches Munhoz clean with a nice left hand. Munhoz hits another leg kick and Cruz tries for a takedown.

Pedro Munhoz defends and they’re back to striking. Good low kick and a combination behind it from Cruz. Munhoz pushes forward trying to land back but nothing lands. Another 1-2 for Cruz.

Huge left hand for Munhoz and down goes Cruz. Cruz is out on his feet as he gets back up. Munhoz drops him again and Cruz dives on a leg. It appears that Cruz is going to survive after using his defensive wrestling.

Munhoz lets Cruz back up and they’re back to striking. Cruz lands nicely but Munhoz is stalking him here in the final minute. Good knee to the body and a combination from Cruz. Beautiful jab from Munhoz.

It’s remarkable how much Cruz has recovered here. Another jab from Munhoz but Cruz lands a big combination that backs him up. Big shots from Cruz as the round ends. Cruz did well, but Munhoz takes the first at UFC 269.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 269 and it looks like Cruz was able to get momentum near the end of the first. He starts the second with another good combination after catching a low kick from Munhoz. Solid 1-2 for Cruz lands.

Another good 1-2 for Cruz who appears to be back on stable ground here in the second. Munhoz lands a nice body kick. Head kick attempt from Munhoz just misses. Good jab from Cruz. He follows that up with a nice 1-2.

Munhoz gets popped with another 1-2 and then he tries to answer with a combination. Munhoz shoots for a takedown and Cruz defends easily. Both men exchange jabs in the center. Nice lead left for Cruz.

1-2 for Cruz and Munhoz counters with a double jab. Cruz pushing forward here and throws a leg kick. Munhoz lands a jab but that triggers a combination from Cruz that cuts him open. Another good combination from Cruz lands.

Beautiful striking on display from the former UFC champion in the second. Another good combination and Cruz is pulling away with this round. Massive combination from Cruz and Munhoz looked hurt for a second. The round comes to a close and a dominant one for Cruz.

Round 3

Entering the final round and whoever wins this round likely wins this fight at UFC 269. They touch gloves and here we go. Munhoz lands some solid shots and he’s heavy on the pressure here in the final round.

1-2 for Cruz and Munhoz pushes forward to counter. Munhoz much more aggressive here in the final round. Good combination from Cruz backs Munhoz off the pressure. Another nice 1-2 lands for Cruz and he’s keeping Munhoz at range here.

Good jab from Cruz but Munhoz catches him flush with a huge right hand. However, Cruz resets and lands another good combination. Munhoz chasing here and lands a jab. Good knee to the body from Cruz but Munhoz is on him here with the pressure.

Massive 1-2 from Cruz stops the pressure from Munhoz. Nice jab rom Munhoz however, Cruz counters with a big shot. Another 1-2 from Cruz and Munhoz lands a straight shot right after. Lead right hand from Cruz.

Cruz lands a big combination that Munhoz just eats. Low kick from Cruz. Munhoz pushes Cruz against the fence and tries to land something big but the former UFC champion makes him miss.

Big body kick from Munhoz. However, a nice body shot counter from Cruz. Both men trade jabs in the center. Good combination from Cruz. Munhoz steps is up but Cruz hits him flush as the round comes to a close. Should be 29-28 Dominick Cruz at UFC 269.

 Dominick Cruz def. Pedro Munhoz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC 269 Preview: Dominick Cruz – Pedro Munhoz

Dominick Cruz

UFC 269 is this weekend and the card is completely stacked. On the prelims we will see this tremendous matchup in the bantamweight division. Former champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) takes on contender Pedro Munhoz (19-6, 1 NC).

Dominick Cruz is considered by many to be the greatest bantamweight in UFC history. He was the first bantamweight champion for the promotion and he had a tremendous run at the top of the division.

However, injuries really derailed the career of Cruz. For example, he’s only fought six times in the last ten years. The last time we saw him was at UFC 259 when he won a close decision over young contender Casey Kenney.

Cruz is going to face a stiffer test in the durable and tough Pedro Munhoz. Back in 2019, it appeared that Munhoz was on the cusp of a UFC title shot. He had won three in a row which included a knockout win over former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

That win got him a fight with Aljamain Sterling which he ultimately dropped by decision. Starting with that fight, Munhoz is just 1-3 in his last four fights. His last fight was a decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 265 in August.

UFC 269 Prediction

This is such tremendous matchmaking and it’s a very intriguing matchup. At a point in time, this could’ve been a matchup that you could have seen for the UFC bantamweight title.

In his last fight, Dominick Cruz didn’t look as sharp as he did in the past. The footwork looked decent, but it didn’t look elite like it had in the past. Prime Dominick Cruz walks through Casey Kenney and that didn’t happen earlier this year.

Pedro Munhoz also didn’t look like the prime version of himself in his last fight. Munhoz is normally a guy who will push forward with a lot of volume. However, he did way too much waiting against Jose Aldo.

I’m curious to see who will lead this dance at UFC 269. I really like Cruz if he can look remotely close to the prime version of himself. His footwork and speed can be used to frustrate Munhoz.

That said, Munhoz does have the power to land big shots which could steal some rounds. I think this fight will ultimately be pretty close, but the point style of Cruz will lead him to a decision over Pedro Munhoz.

Prediction: Dominick Cruz by Unanimous Decision

What’s next for Frankie Edgar after UFC 268 knockout loss?

Frankie Edgar

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 268, we saw a bantamweight showdown between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (24-10-1) and Marlon “Chito” Vera (20-7-1). This was a big fight for Edgar who had a home crowd advantage fighting at MSG.

The fight at UFC 268 started out really well for Edgar. Edgar was able to get a takedown in the first round and spent the majority of the round on top of Chito Vera. The second round saw Chito Vera really start to put together a little momentum.

Chito started landing some big shots and entering the third round, the fight was up for grabs. Vera was fighting with a ton of urgency and kept pushing forward with big shots on the former UFC champion. Edgar was having his moments too until he was caught.

Chito landed a massive front kick to the face that knocked Edgar out and sent him to the canvas. Vera celebrated as a MSG crowd fell a little quiet as they watched the Toms River native ask the referee what happened. The former UFC champion suffered his second consecutive brutal knockout loss.

What’s next after UFC 268?

After this latest loss at UFC 268, many are wondering what’s next for Frankie Edgar. On one hand, we are just one year removed from him winning a tremendous fight against Pedro Munhoz. On the other hand, he’s 40 years old and has been brutally knocked out twice in a row.

Do I think that Edgar is going to retire? No, and I don’t believe the UFC is going to say he needs to hang it up. Edgar was very competitive with Chito until that knockout in the third round. I can’t see him walking away after that loss.

However, the UFC is going to have to figure out an opponent that makes sense. For that, I would turn your attention to UFC 269 next month. On the prelims, Dominick Cruz (23-3) is taking on Pedro Munhoz (19-6).

Whoever loses that fight would be perfect for Frankie Edgar. If Cruz loses to Munhoz, the UFC could put together a matchup between the two legends that fight fans everywhere would love to see. If Munhoz loses, we can see a rematch after their first fight was razor close.

I don’t see Edgar hanging it up, but I also don’t see him making another run towards a title. For the fans of “The Answer”, you might want to enjoy his next fight because that one might just be his last.

UFC books Dominick Cruz – Pedro Munhoz

Dominick Cruz

The UFC has finalized a fun matchup in the bantamweight division. MMA Fighting was the first to report yesterday that the promotion had finalized a matchup between former UFC champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) and Pedro Munhoz (19-6, 1 NC).

The matchup will take place at UFC 269 on December 11th. This announcement came as a surprise for a lot of fans. Pedro Munhoz had been leaning towards moving down to the flyweight division after his last fight.

Munhoz was perhaps just a win away from a title shot at 135 back in 2019. He got the win of his career when he knocked out former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt in the first round which set up a fight against Aljamain Sterling.

However, it hasn’t been as smooth sailing for Munhoz after that matchup. Starting with the Sterling fight, Munhoz has gone 1-3 in his last four. The most recent matchup took place at UFC 265 when he took on Jose Aldo.

Aldo outclassed Munhoz on the feet and after the fight was over, Munhoz said he was going to drop to flyweight. However, there’s been a change of plans after he was offered to fight another former UFC champion.

What does UFC 269 mean for Dominick Cruz?

It’s been quite the roller coaster for Dominick Cruz in the UFC. At one point, he was considered to be on the road to being one of the best the sport has ever seen. However, injuries completely derailed his career.

Despite that, he’s still put together a Hall of Fame UFC resume. Cruz returned earlier this year when he took on Casey Kenney at UFC 259. For Cruz, it was the first time that he had fought twice in a 12 month period since back in 2016.

Cruz was able to edge out Kenney by a decision. After he got the win, he made it clear that he wants to continue climbing the ladder, but he didn’t say at what pace. Taking on Pedro Munhoz is a step up, but it’s not jumping to the top of the division.

Should Cruz pick up the win at UFC 269, I would expect a jump. However, if he falls short, that might spell the end of his career. I’m expecting a very game Munhoz which should make for a very fun fight in December.

UFC: Pedro Munhoz contemplating a move to flyweight

Pedro Munhoz, UFC

It looks like one of the top ten contenders in the UFC‘s bantamweight division is considering a change in weight. For the last several years, Pedro Munhoz (19-6, 1 NC) has been one of the toughest outs in the bantamweight division.

Munhoz made his UFC debut back in 2014 at UFC 170 when he took on top contender Raphael Assuncao. That night, Munhoz lost by decision and suffered the first loss of his career.

Since that night, Munhoz has gone 9-5, 1 NC in ten fights with the UFC. Granted three of those losses were razor close split decision losses. Every loss that Munhoz has had in the bantamweight division has come against top competition.

Starting in 2016, Munhoz went on the best run of his career. He went 7-1 with his lone loss coming by way of split decision to former title challenger John Dodson. However, two of the wins he had during that stretch really stand out.

Munhoz submitted Rob Font in the first round and he also knocked out former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in the first round. However, since that Garbrandt victory, Munhoz is just 1-3 in his last four fights.

UFC contender moving down?

Most recently, Munhoz took on former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 265 a couple of weeks ago. Aldo used his speed and precision striking to fluster Munhoz over the course of three rounds.

While Munhoz had his moments here and there, the fight was largely dominated by Aldo. Today, the UFC released their “Thrill and Agony” video that they normally release following a PPV card.

The behind the scenes video highlights the emotions of fighters on both the winning and losing end of a fight. During the video, the camera caught up to Aldo and Munhoz talking after their fight at UFC 265.

Munhoz said to Aldo, “I might go down to flyweight.” Aldo then said to Munhoz that he thought it might be a good idea. While Munhoz hasn’t stated anything publicly, the move would seemingly make sense.

Munhoz is not a very big bantamweight compared to some of the other guys in the UFC. He definitely looks like he can make 125 pounds. If he does move, he would follow Cody Garbrandt who also moved down to 125 pounds.

Garbrandt has his UFC flyweight debut against Kai Kara-France booked for December. If Garbrandt picks up a win in that matchup, perhaps the UFC runs things back between Munhoz and Garbrandt at 125 pounds.

After sensational performance at UFC 265, what’s next for Jose Aldo?

This past Saturday at UFC 265 in the co-main event, Jose Aldo (30-7) took on Pedro Munhoz (19-6). Aldo was looking to pickup his second win in the bantamweight division while Pedro Munhoz was looking for the biggest win of his UFC career.

Heading into this fight, the betting odds were basically dead even. We’ve seen Pedro Munhoz perform at a high level in the bantamweight division for a while now. Munhoz held wins over the likes of Jimmie Rivera and former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.

While Aldo is a legend of the UFC, he’s still relatively unproven at bantamweight. The former featherweight champion was 1-2 in three fights leading into UFC 265. Granted, he should be 2-1, but he was robbed against Marlon Moraes.

This fight with Munhoz was going to tell us a lot about the former champion and the fight did just that. Aldo put on one of the best performances he’s had in a long time at UFC 265.

For all three rounds, his lightening fast combinations proved to be too much for Munhoz. Munhoz had success here and there, but for the most part, Saturday night was all about The King of Rio.

What’s next after UFC 265?

After the fight was over, there was one name that Aldo had in mind. Aldo wanted a shot against former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4). He wanted the two of them to fight in a title eliminator.

While that doesn’t sound like a bad idea, it won’t be able to happen. Dillashaw tore some ligaments in his knee during his win over Cory Sandhagen a couple of weeks ago. Dillashaw is sidelined three months and when he returns, he’s getting a UFC title shot.

With that, Aldo will have to look at a different opponent. To me, there are two names that make a lot of sense. Rob Font (19-4) is one of the names that stands out. Font has won four fights in a row to put himself right into the title picture.

He’s known for his sensational boxing and a matchup between him and Aldo would be must-see. Another option for Aldo could be a fight with Dominick Cruz (23-3). At one point, Cruz vs Aldo was considered to be a UFC superfight.

However, both are in much different spots in their careers now. Aldo is near the top of the division at 135 and Cruz is making his way back up the latter. Perhaps the UFC decides to have these legends fight it out for a shot at a title eliminator next.

Jose Aldo outclasses Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265

In the co-main event of UFC 265, we saw big time matchup in the bantamweight division. Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (29-7) returned as he took on Pedro Munhoz (19-5).

Pedro Munhoz was looking for the biggest win of his UFC career. The last time we saw Munhoz was back in February when he took on Jimmie Rivera. That night, Munhoz used a steady diet of leg kicks to get the win.

That win snapped a two-fight skid for Pedro Munhoz. The former UFC featherweight champion is in a very similar position as Munhoz. The last time we saw Jose Aldo was back in December when he defeated Chito Vera by decision.

That win by Aldo snapped a three-fight losing streak including his first two fights at bantamweight. Granted, I’ll still maintain to this day that Jose Aldo defeated Marlon Moraes in his UFC bantamweight debut.

UFC 265 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 265 co-main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Munhoz starts the striking with a spinning back kick tot he body. Lots of pressure and volume early from Pedro Munhoz. Leg kick from Munhoz as Aldo is remaining patient.

Munhoz looks to move forward behind two jabs. Aldo rips to the body to get his striking started. Nice jab lands for Aldo and he checks a leg kick from Munhoz. Munhoz throws another spinning kick, but easily blocked by Aldo.

Aldo is block and checking every kick Munhoz is throwing right now. Nasty knee to the body lands for Jose Aldo. Aldo rips to the body with a hook. Speed advantage early on belongs to the former UFC featherweight champion.

Good right hand lands for Aldo. He follows that up with a check left hook that lands on Munhoz. Munhoz tries to land a right as Aldo circles, but falls short. Another vicious shot to the body lands for Jose Aldo.

Steady body work from Aldo here late in the round. Munhoz just misses a huge right and Aldo counters with two big hooks to the body. Both exchange big shots as the round ends. Good moments for both, but should be 1-0 Aldo at UFC 265.

Round 2

The first round at UFC 265 was pretty close, but Aldo’s speed is definitely an advantage heading into round two. Aldo doubles up on the jab to start the striking in the second. Munhoz lands a nice left hook to start his striking.

Powerful low kick lands for Aldo. Munhoz steps in and lands a good body shot of his own. Aldo lands three straight left hands on Munhoz. Munhoz tries to push forward, but Aldo rips a vicious combination to the body.

Spinning kick for Munhoz misses it’s mark. Munhoz steps forward with an uppercut that grazes Aldo. Aldo pops him with a jab, but Munhoz lands a really nice right hand. Another stiff jab from the former UFC champion.

Leg kick for Munhoz and Aldo is looking a little tired here in the second round. Powerful kick lands for Aldo and Munhoz tries to counter over the top. Nice jab for Aldo lands, but Munhoz keeps pushing with a ton of pressure.

Both men push the other back with stiff jabs. Another vicious combination to the body lands for Aldo. Aldo outlanding Munhoz as the second round is nearing it’s end. Big right lands for Aldo at the end of the round and it should be 2-0 Aldo at UFC 265.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 265 and Pedro Munhoz needs a finish on my scorecard. Both men embrace to start the final round and here we go. Pedro Munhoz moves forward, but Aldo landed three insanely powerful combinations to start the striking.

Amazed that Munhoz was able to take all of those shots from Aldo. Munhoz keeps pushing forward and he tries a jump kick that misses badly. Leg kick lands for Jose Aldo. Aldo keeps Munhoz at distance with his jab.

Nice shot to the body lands for Aldo. Three minutes left and Aldo lands a big leg kick and he follows it with three jabs. Another huge combination from Aldo, but Pedro Munhoz just eats it and keeps pushing forward.

Aldo unloading on Munhoz here in the third. Munhoz then lands a massive right hand of his own that gets respect from Aldo. Aldo drops Munhoz with a powerful leg kick and throws a combination as Munhoz gets up.

Huge right hand from Aldo and Aldo follows it with a combination. The speed of Aldo is something to behold here at UFC 265. One minute left and Munhoz is going to need a miracle here.

Munhoz pushes forward, but he isn’t throwing much here. Another miss on a spinning kick from Munhoz. Aldo rips a massive combination and lands on Munhoz. The chin of Munhoz was tested, but he makes it to the end.

Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC 265 Preview: Jose Aldo – Pedro Munhoz

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 265, we will see a big time matchup in the bantamweight division. Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (29-7) is back as he’s taking on Pedro Munhoz (19-5).

Pedro Munhoz is going to be looking for the biggest win of his UFC career tomorrow night. The last time we saw Munhoz was back in February when he took on Jimmie Rivera. That night, Munhoz used a steady diet of leg kicks to get the win.

That win snapped a two-fight skid for Pedro Munhoz. The former UFC featherweight champion is in a very similar position as Munhoz. The last time we saw Jose Aldo was back in December when he defeated Chito Vera by decision.

That win by Aldo snapped a three-fight losing streak including his first two fights at bantamweight. Granted, I’ll still maintain to this day that Jose Aldo defeated Marlon Moraes in his bantamweight debut.

Both men are coming off of a big win leading into UFC 265 and there’s a lot on the line. Whoever wins tomorrow night should be inching ever closer to a shot at the bantamweight title.

UFC 265 Prediction

I cannot wait for these two to fight tomorrow night at UFC 265. To me, this fight has Fight of The Night potential and it’ll be very interesting to see their strategies.

It’s crazy to think that Jose Aldo is just getting ready to turn 35 years old. The former UFC featherweight king rose to the top of the sport so young and at just 34 years old now, he still has plenty of fight in him.

Pedro Munhoz has always been that contender that’s been on the verge of breaking out, but has slipped in some big spots. As mentioned, UFC 265 gives him the opportunity to win the biggest fight of his career.

When looking this fight, I think were going to see a standup war tomorrow night. Ultimately, I like the speed and efficiency of Jose Aldo. While Pedro Munhoz has made strides and he’s tough as hell, I like the crisp technique of Aldo. I’m expecting the former champion to win his second straight tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jose Aldo by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Jose Aldo – Pedro Munhoz

The UFC has finalized a big time matchup in the bantamweight division. Combate was the first to report today that the promotion has finalized a bantamweight matchup between Jose Aldo (29-7) and Pedro Munhoz (19-5, 1 NC).

The two top eight bantamweights will meet at UFC 265 on August 7th. Pedro Munhoz will be trying to pickup his second consecutive win as he tries to become a title contender at 135 pounds.

We last saw Munhoz in February when he had his rematch with Jimmie Rivera. Munhoz used his devastating leg kicks to chop down Rivera and pick up a decision win. That win was Munhoz’s first win since UFC 235 in March of 2019.

Prior to that victory, Munhoz had lost decisions to Frankie Edgar and Aljamain Sterling. Before losing those two fights in a row, Munhoz had a knockout win over former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.

This is a massive opportunity for Munhoz against one of the bigger names in the division. If he can defeat Aldo in August, Munhoz will likely be in a good position to get a title eliminator in his next matchup.

UFC 265

Jose Aldo will also be looking to pick up his second consecutive win at UFC 265. Aldo picked up his first victory in the bantamweight division back in December when he defeated Chito Vera by decision.

The long-time featherweight champion made the drop to bantamweight late in 2019. At UFC 245, Aldo took on Marlon Moraes in his divisional debut. Aldo lost a decision, but the majority of people believe that he won the fight.

In fact, despite losing, Aldo’s next fight was for the bantamweight title. Aldo lost to Petr Yan at UFC 251 in his bid to become a champion in his second weight class. After that loss, Aldo reset prior to his fight with Chito Vera.

There’s no questioning the fact that Aldo has slowed down a little since the days of his prime. However, even with him slowing down, he’s still one of the very best the UFC has to offer. If he can defeat Munhoz in August, he will be right back in the title conversation at 135 pounds.