Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight up-and-comers Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font dueled last night (Oct. 28, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 119 inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
After an iffy start to his UFC career, Munhoz found his groove in the form of a three-fight win streak that pushed him into the top 15. This was his third chance to step up and score a ranked win, and the Brazilian was intent on creating a different outcome.
Meanwhile, Font has been perfect inside the cage outside of a loss to top contender John Lineker. He came into this bout having finished each of his four Octagon victories, and just one more could score him a top 10 position.
Font opened with smooth punches and tricky elbows, but Munhoz answered with aggression towards Font’s lead leg. Font was answering every kick with good punches, but the Brazilian was still landing kicks.
By the halfway point in the round, both men were landing frequently and had eaten some hard shots. Font’s jab had bloodied his opponent’s nose, while Munhoz landed heavy with body-head combinations.
Out of nowhere, a big left hand caught Font throwing sloppily. It stunned the striker a bit, and Font made a terrible decision by shooting for a double leg takedown. Munhoz immediately locked in the guillotine, flipped him over, and finished a one-armed choke from mount.
Munhoz’s guillotine is something else, among the best in the UFC. The second he locks the choke in, the fight seems to be over as his opponent's have not managed to defend the choke in the least. Font was panic-tapping almost immediately, which says something unpleasant about how tight Munhoz’s squeeze is.
Aside from the choke, Munhoz’s kickboxing was looking better than ever. He wasn’t necessarily winning the fight on the feet, but Munhoz was hanging in there with a quality striker and actually landed the heaviest punches. Ultimately, a left hook started this finish, and Munhoz deserves credit for his improved kickboxing.
After this win — his fourth in a row — Munhoz deserves a top 10 foe. The problem is that most of them are booked! Perhaps Munhoz can face the winner of Nov. 11’s John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes.
At times, Font looked like everything that the hype promised him to be. He was moving well, shooting out a stiff jab, and using some slick hand-fighting to score rangy punches and elbows. It was high-level striking, and Font also denied a couple of takedown attempts without much trouble.
All in all, things seemed to be heading in the direction that Font desired.
At the same time, Font’s defense was a little iffy. Maybe that’s always been the case, but Font just seemed to go a little deer-in-the-headlights when Munhoz trapped him along the fence. Honestly, even though John Lineker tee’d off on him from that spot, Font did a better job of maintaining his composure and keeping his hands up.
And Lineker is the best at that!
Either way, it’s a big setback from Font, who looked like the division’s next rising contender. He’s still top 15, but this delays any chance of a top 10 foe for some time.
Last night, Pedro Munhoz landed a slick guillotine choke for the first-round tapout. What’s next for the talented contender?
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