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Pedro Munhoz fined $2,500 for exiting cage after UFC 235 win

Pedro Munhoz
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Pedro Munhoz’s UFC 235 celebration will leave his wallet a little lighter.

At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, a sanction was passed that will see Munhoz fined $2,500 for exiting the cage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas immediately following his first-round knockout of Cody Garbrandt on March 2. The 32-year-old bantamweight will also have to pay $327.06 in prosecution fees before becoming eligible to compete again after previously being placed on temporary suspension.

Munhoz is next scheduled to fight Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago.

A representative of the attorney general’s office on the behalf of Bob Bennett explained that Munhoz was expressly told by commission officials to not jump over the fence after his fight was over. On Wednesday, it was reiterated that any fighter exiting the cage could be a safety concern for the fighter, the fans, and other parties seated cageside.

In the wake of the recent UFC 229 incident involving lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and their respective camps, concerns were raised by the commission as to whether $2,500 was enough, but after some deliberation it was determined that Munhoz’s actions were not malicious and that this fine should be enough to “serve notice.”

Munhoz’s fine was not based on a percentage of his UFC 235 purse. The commission agreed that it will continue to seek consistency in reviewing situations where athletes leave the cage.

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