Jimmie Rivera vs. Pedro Munhoz Preview:
UFC Fight Night 186 goes down tonight live from Las Vegas, Nevada, for their 20th Vegas event since the start of Covid.
Headlining the event is an incredibly intriguing clash between heavyweight kickboxing champions Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane. Whoever wins this fight may need one more victory, and they’re right there for a title shot.
Co-headlining the event came a bout between light-heavyweight finishers in Nikita Krylov and Magomed Ankalaev, a very important bout in the 205 lb division. They’ve both been on absolute fire lately.
The second fight on the main card showcased a bantamweight rematch between top ten talents in Jimmie Rivera and Pedro Munhoz, who were luckily rescheduled for this event. This is a great rematch that needed to take place.
Back in November of 2015, Rivera defeated Munhoz via split decision after a close three rounds. They got three more rounds to run it back tonight. Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Pedro Munhoz def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Munhoz opens up with a number of calf kicks, and lands about six or seven of them before the first minute of round one was up.
Rivera returns with some calf kicks of his own, before opening up with some heavy punches.
They’re actually both looking great in the boxing department, and both are attacking one anothers leg throughout the round, as many expected.
With about 80 seconds left, Rivera’s leg goes out
Not long into round two and this fight is being entirely controlled by Munhoz’ calf kicks, he’s absolutely destroying Rivera’s lead leg. Rivera sort of switches his stance here and there to deter them, but that’s why Munhoz’ punches come, or his head kicks he’s also been going for.
Rivera is down two rounds going into round three. Round one was relatively close, but the beginning of the end was spelled out during it, and round two was clearly for Munhoz.
Munhoz comes out dictating the pace in round three, as he did in rounds one and two. He looks absolutely incredible tonight.
Rivera is trying for a rally, he’s throwing some nicely timed and placed punches, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to deter Munhoz from moving forward. Munhoz’ head movement is also looking very good, to that point.
For Munhoz to come out and out-kick someone like Rivera, who has incredible leg kicks himself, and for Rivera to put that effort he did into round three after nearly being out of the fight since minute four of it… This was an incredible rematch!
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