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Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez added to UFC Fight Night 222

Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez added to UFC Fight Night 222

It looks like up-and-coming UFC bantamweight contender Chris Gutierrez (19-4-2) will face the first top 10 opponent of his career in his next fight, as he’s slated to face no. 9 ranked Pedro Munhoz (19-7) at UFC FN 222.

UFC Fight Night 222 is to go down on April 15, 2023, live from a to-be-determined venue and location.

Chris Gutierrez has done incredibly well for himself as of late, going 7-0-1 through his latest eight appearances following defeat to Raoni Barcelos in his UFC debut.

Prior to joining the UFC, Gutierrez was a bantamweight title holder for SCS & WFC, the SCS title of which he defended once prior to joining the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion. Once he was submitted (rear naked choke) by Barcelos in his debut, bringing his record to 12-4-1, Gutierrez won his next three-straight outings before battling to a draw in his fifth promotional appearance.

Since then, Gutierrez has defeated the likes of Andre Ewell (UD), Felipe Colares (SD), Danaa Batgerel (TKO), and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (KO).

Gutierrez had also defeated three UFC veterans prior to coming over, Aaron Phillips (TKO), Timur Valiev (SD), and 2020 Submission of the Year winner Jimmy Flick (TKO).

Pedro Munhoz on the contrary also lost his UFC debut, his to Raphael Assuncao (UD), bringing his record to 10-1. And he was also a champion prior to joining, winning the RFA bantamweight championship and defending it a single time before inking a deal with the UFC.

Munhoz then won his next four-straight, securing three guillotine choke submissions in that time, the fourth of which coming over Rob Font, before losing a very close split decision to John Dodson.

A three-fight win streak would soon follow, picking up wins over the likes of Brett Johns (UD), Bryan Caraway (TKO), and former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (KO), before going 1-4 (1 NC) in his last six appearances.

This showed defeats to current UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (UD), Frankie Edgar (SD), a heavily disputed decision, and former WEC & UFC champions Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz, with the lone win coming over Jimmie Rivera, and the no contest coming in his latest appearance against current no. 1 ranked Sean O’Malley.

Though Munhoz hasn’t done that awfully well for himself lately, he’s still the biggest test of Gutierrez’ career.

Who walks away from this bout going down at UFC FN 222 the victor?

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