This is the UFC on ESPN 15 live blog for Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar, the bantamweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Both bantamweights hope to rebound from recent setbacks. Former lightweight champ Edgar is facing his third consecutive loss after falling short against Max Holloway and Chan Sung Jung, while Munhoz lost a decision to contender Aljamain Sterling in his most recent outing.
Check out the UFC on ESPN 15 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this main event. Munhoz lands a few early leg kicks to set the tone but Edgar lands a decent combination inn response. Edgar looking very good early in his debut bantamweight bout, throwing punches in bunches. Munhoz has landed a couple of good shots but it’s one and done for him and Frankie is in a rhythm early. Munhoz going to the leg kicks often to try and slow the movement of Edgar but he’s still bouncing around in classic Frankie fashion. Big right hand lands that gets Edgar’s attention. Munhoz is doing a very good job of cutting he cage off on Frankie. That has temporarily stymied Edgar who is now resorting to blitzing charges. Munhoz is working the jab and we’re seeing plenty of tactics here early. Edgar is landing the cleaner, more powerful strikes but Frankie is by no means out of it and the round ends with a good combo from Edgar.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Munhoz.
Round 2: Munhoz immediately cuts of the cage to start round two and Frankie shows a takedown but abandons it. Edgar lands a good right hand thatt seems like it cut Pedro. Frankie eats a shot and now shoots a real takedown, gets the legs but Munhoz defends. Munhoz lands a pair and Edgar responds. The two come together and Edgar trips and Munhoz is all over him with punches. A few land but Frankie manages to evade most. Edgar is starting to chase Frankie a little more and he’s eating more shots as a result. Pedro steps in and Frankie shoots, and Munhoz is on his back, searching for a guillotine. Doesn’t last long though as the two men stand up and we’re back to Pedro pressuring and Edgar throwing combinations and moving. Spinning back kick from Edgar lands. Munhoz is now starting to bleed out of the cut by his right eye and Edgar lands another quick takedown but they are right back up. This round is vintage Frankie Edgar, mixing his martial arts very well. Munhoz’s face is wearing it a little at this point but he’s still pressuring. At the end of the round, Munhoz lands a kick to the groin, Herb Dean calls for a stoppage, but Munhoz glances a jumping knee and the horn sounds.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Edgar, 19-19 overall.
Round 3: Munhoz comes out firing the jab early and Edgar is still throwing that left hand counter. Pedro is now going back to the low kicks which he has gotten away from last round. Jab still working for Pedro and now Edgar is bleading from what appears to be under his right eye. Pedro certainly is the more powerful fighter but he’s still throwing in ones and twos. The jab is very active this round though and it’s opening up the lead leg kick. Munhoz lands a great right hand but Edgar eats it and responds with his own strong left hook. Frankie’s movement is starting to slow a little bit, likely from the kicks. Good right hand from Edgar. Another low kick from Munhoz nearly takes Edgar off his feet. Edgar has no answer for the jab and low kick and he needs one soon as his nose is now leaking as well. Munhoz is also getting clipped less on the counter now, he seems to have made some reads. Edgar throws another spinning back kick but this one misses and the round ends with Munoz still keeping Edgar on the back foot.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Munhoz, 29-28 Munhoz overall.
Round 4: It wouldn’t be a Frankie Edgar fight if he wasn’t wearing it and Edgar certainly is showing damage now. Munhoz comes across the cage to start the round and Edgar hits a takedown. That will help him keep things mixed up but Munhoz stands up. almost immediately and he’s pressuring again. And we’re watching more of the same: Pedro pressuring behind jabs and low kicks, with the occasional right hand, and Edgar moving around and throwing four-punch combos with the left hand being the key shot. Munhoz. has landed his money shot a couple. of times in this. round but it somehow. isn’t affecting Edgar. The leg kicks seem to to be taking some effect though. Unfortunately for Edgar, he doesn’t seem to have the power to truly get Munhoz’s respect. More leg kicks from Munhoz. and he’s also really starting to dial in his right hand. Edgar is actually landing a decent number of shots this. round. but they are not as clean as the one’s Pedro is landing.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9. Munhoz, 39-37 Munhoz overall.
Round 5: Win lose or draw, Edgar looks excellent at bantamweight. The former champion is far from done at this point. Munhoz comes out. looking sharp and Edgar shoots an early takedown but Munhoz shucks it off. Edgar’s left leg is starting to show the damage. More combos from Edgar and a low kick from Munhoz nearly takes the legs out. Edgar lands a big right hand but Munhoz eats it without issue. Edgar is now really starting to ramp up his volume and given the pace of this bout, it’s honestly shocking that neither man looks tired. both came prepared. Edgar is doing some of his best work because Munhoz is loading up on shots but he’s landing a few of them and they snap Edgar’s head. Edgar has found a home for his lead right hand and both men are bleeding freely. Munhoz has also started using a front kick to the body which is nice. This has been an incredibly technical battle. Munhoz lands a leg kick as the horn sounds and that was a very fun little scrap.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Edgar, 48-47 Munhoz overall.
OFFICIAL DECISION: Frankie Edgar defeats Pedro Munhoz via split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47).