UFC 265: Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz Recap
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, August 7, 2021, for UFC 265, headlined by an interim heavyweight championship bout between No. 2 ranked Derrick Lewis and No. 3 ranked Ciryl Gane.
In our co-main event of the evening, No. 5 ranked bantamweight contender Jose Aldo brings his legacy to the table and takes on No. 9 ranked Pedro Munhoz in a Battle of the Brazilians.
The former multi-time WEC & UFC featherweight champion, Aldo, comes off of a dominant win over Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera, and looks to continue climbing upward in the bantamweight division tonight. His opponent, Munhoz, also has some momentum coming in, as he is coming off a win over Jimmie Rivera, avenging a previous defeat in the process.
A win over Aldo would mean the world to Pedro Munhoz, who has a win over former 135 lb champ Cody Garbrandt. Aldo has a lot on the line however, who had lost two straight at bantamweight, to Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan, prior to defeating Vera.
Continue reading to see how this epic bantamweight co-main event went down:
Official Result: Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aldo’s defense is looking incredibly sharp to start the fight.
Munhoz throws a number of leg kicks, not a single one of which lands right, as Aldo checks all of them. He’s also got a good jab going, though we aren’t seeing quite enough of it.
Aldo does land a vicious knee to the body as Munhoz was coming in, but Munhoz ate it and continued coming forward.
This was a close round, but Munhoz may have got it due to the activity aspect.
Just as the start of round one, Munhoz opens round two pressing the action.
Aldo gets his jab going more in this round, and throws his first leg kick about 30 seconds in, which is great to see. He doesn’t fully commit to them though, as he only throws a couple throughout the round.
Munhoz is moving forward, but getting picked apart, which makes things a little tricky with some judges.
Aldo starts round three very aggressively and lands a solid combination, which forces Munhoz to immediately tie up with him. About five seconds later, Munhoz recovers and separates, while Aldo sticks that piston of a jab in his face.
Aldo appeared to do enough in round two, and he saved his energy for the final five minutes, as he’s gotten much busier. He’s landing crosses behind some of his jabs, he’s throwing his shovel hooks here and there, and he finished his combinations with a leg kick a couple times there.
It’s crazy, you know. Aldo’s always been so fast, and at nearly 35 years old he’s still as quick as ever, maybe ever quicker because now he fights at bantamweight.
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