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UFC Fight Night 77 “Prelim Spotlight” : Munhoz vs. Rivera

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MMA: UFC-TUF Brazil 3 Finale-Munhoz vs Hobar

Pedro Munhoz (12-1)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’6″ Age: 29 Weight: 135 lbs Reach: 65″
  • Last Fight: Submission win / Jerrod Sanders (10-4-14)
  • Camp: Blackhouse/Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Muay Thai
  • Risk Management: Good
  • Overall Fight Grade: B+

Supplemental info:
+   RFA Bantamweight Champion
+   2x No-Gi Brazil Champion
+   6x BJJ state champ (Brazil)
+   BJJ Black Belt
+   4 first round finishes
+   6 Submission wins(75%)
+   Good base/balance on top
+   Looks for Double-legs against cage
+   Strong body kicks & teeps
+   Powerful leg & head kicks
+   Accurate in close elbows
+   Excellent Guillotine(4 finishes)
+   Dangerous leg-lock transitions
+   Improved defense/head movement
+/-Will go to shell defense
+   Good in the scramble

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Jimmie Rivera (12-1)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’4″ Age: 26 Weight: 135 lbs Reach: 68.5″
  • Last Fight: KO win / Marcus Brimage (7-18-15)
  • Camp:Team Tiger Schulmann (New Jersey)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Good
  • Overall Fight Grade: B

Supplemental info:
+   Ring of Combat Champion
+   King of the Cage Champion
+   Cage Fury Fighting Champion
+   3rd degree Black Black(Tiger Schulmann)
+   2 first round finishes
+   KO power/heavy hands
+   Mixes in body work well
^   Right hand-left hook
+   Effective right leg kick
+   Good distance management
+   Tight striking defense
+   Strong Cage/Clinch Pressure
+   Shows strong top-game/G&P
+   Consistent 2-3 punch combos
+   Catches & counters kicks well
?   Questionable overall ground game

Summary:

This next “Fight of the Night” candidate, is one the closest stylistic matches of the evening as Pedro Munhoz meets Jimmie Rivera. Though different in styles, both men are aggressive forward moving strikers which should create for fun momentum swings. Rivera shows a disciplined kickboxing game favoring his hands, whereas Munhoz is a Muay Thai stylist who leans more on kicks. Pedro has an excellent variety of leg/head kicks and body teeps. He likes to march forward with said attacks looking to get into clinch range where he has accurate in-close elbows.

Since training under Rafael Cordeiro (Kings MMA) he has shown fight-to-fight improvements in his striking, and I believe he has more weapons standing. that said, I expect distance control & defense being the difference on the feet. Despite showing much-improved head movement, Pedro will still often revert to a shell defense. This traditionally opens up body shots, uppercuts, and rogue hooks in which Rivera wields plenty. Not to mention Jimmie’s propensity to throw these punches off kick-catch counters, Munhoz will have to be most careful here.

As far as distance management goes, Rivera shows a natural ability to stay just outside range while maintaining a constant offensive threat. This coupled with Jimmi’s forward pressure & pace could make it a difficult night for Pedro, especially if he doesn’t hurt Rivera/dictate the clinch. Though extensive ground footage on Jimmie is hard to come by (making him hard to value overall) the obvious on paper advantage goes to Munhoz given his ground base. If he can get on top he’ll be especially dangerous as he’s shown hard to shake off & dangerous in the transitions (hunting Guillotines/subs).

That being said, the clinch will also be the “Key Junction” in this fight. Both men show good TD defense, but the question will be if Rivera’s is good enough to stop Munhoz. Pedro has worked a lot on his wrestling with Kenny Johnson at Blackhouse, but given Rivera’s shown solid base, he’ll need more than his patent double-leg off the fence. This is a very hard match to pick with both men showing little weaknesses. However, I feel Rivera’s overall pressure, pace, and volume will make a slight difference. I’d caution plays here and instead sit back and “crack one open” in what is my official pick for Fight of the Night.

Official Pick: Rivera – Decision

Official Outcome: To be determined

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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