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UFC 235 live blog: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

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Cody Garbrandt faces off with Pedro Munhoz ahead of their bantamweight bout at UFC 235 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 235 live blog for Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz, a bantamweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Garbrandt, a former UFC champion who is coming off of back-to-back losses to T.J. Dillashaw, faces Munhoz, who has won two straight and six of his last seven, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 235 live blog below.

Round 1: Marc Goddard the referee for this main card opener. Munhoz catches a kick and throws an overhand right that pushes Garbrandt back. It’s Munhoz who ends up falling to the mat as he pursues and he attacks Garbrandt’s leg with a submission attempt. Garbrandt slips out. Body kick by Munhoz. Low kick by Munhoz lands clean. Lots of feints from Garbrandt, but he’s not throwing much. He’s loosening up and evading strikes, though he’s not landing enough of his own. Munhoz doing a good job of blocking Garbrandt’s flurries. Spinning back kick by Munhoz, Garbrandt answers with a right hand. Munhoz lands a few punches up top before Garbrandt backs him up. Munhoz’s kicks are taking their toll on Garbrandt’s lead leg. It looks like a potential clash of heads puts Garbrandt down. Either way Munhoz is on top of him, Garbrandt recovering well. Back on the feet, Garbrandt unloads with a flying knee into a big flurry and both fighters throw caution to the wind with about 30 seconds to go. They are just firing away and its Munhoz who lands a clean short right that drops Garbrandt. Ground-and-pound follows, Goddard giving Garbrandt every chance to recover but he has to call it.

Official result: Pedro Munhoz def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO at 4:52 of round one