Pedro Munhoz

The Young Punisher

Brazil

Matched up against O'Malley
BantamweightUFC
May 4, 2022
Munhoz (foot) is being targeted for a July 2 bantamweight matchup against Sean O'Malley, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Munhoz is in the midst of the worst rough patch of his career, as he's came up short in four of his last five trips to the Octagon. He's also been serving a medical suspension due to a foot injury, which he's presumably been cleared from. All of those recent defeats have been at the hands of current or former champions, however, and he still sits at No. 10 in the UFC's rankings. Meanwhile, O'Malley has built a three-fight winning streak against lesser competition, though the UFC appears to be deciding that the time is now to push its prospect. Munhoz will be giving up massive height (five-inch) and reach (seven-inch) advantages to O'Malley, who also sports a near-unparalleled striking volume number of 8.26 significant strikes landed per minute. That may be a concern against Munhoz, who tends to throw defense to the wind in order to land his own offense. It should be a fast-paced fight for as long as it lasts.
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Facing medical suspension
BantamweightUFC
December 14, 2021
Munhoz is facing a six-month medical suspension due to a foot injury, MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Munhoz dropped a unanimous decision to Dominick Cruz on Saturday and may have injured his right foot in the process. He'll miss at least 45 days and could miss up to 180 unless cleared by a doctor.
Fades following quick start
BantamweightUFC
December 11, 2021
Munhoz lost to Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's a truly crushing defeat for Munhoz in a fight which he appeared to have locked up. He clipped Cruz with a big shot early in the opening frame and swarmed for the finish, but Dominick somehow managed to survive, and it was all downhill from Munhoz the rest of the way. He landed virtually nothing over the course of the final ten minutes and never threatened his opponent again. Munhoz has been facing high-end competition for the past couple years, but you are what your record says you are in this sport, and the Brazilian's record says he has dropped four of his past five bouts. Toss in the fact Pedro turned 35 years of age this past September, and it's easy to see why he is in a difficult spot moving forward. On the bright side, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this contest was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Taking on Cruz in December
BantamweightUFC
September 29, 2021
Munhoz will face Dominick Cruz in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 269, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off his recent loss against Jose Aldo in early August, it was reported that Munhoz was considering a move to the flyweight division having lost three of his previous four fights. However, it appears the 35-year-old will remain at bantamweight in order to face Cruz on Dec. 11, though contracts have not yet been finalized. Munhoz' last win came back in February when he defeated Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision.
Can't hang with Jose Aldo
BantamweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Munhoz lost to Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Munhoz managed to keep this thing close for about a round before the Aldo began to pull away. It likely would not have mattered anyway, but Munhoz's game plan was baffling. He tried all sorts of spinning attempts and big movements, and that simply won't work against a veteran like Aldo who has seen and done it all in MMA. Munhoz has plenty of quality victories on his resume (Jimmie Rivera, Cody Garbrandt, Rob Font), but this felt like a fight he had to have and he obviously didn't get it. Munhoz turns 35 years of age this coming September, and his margin for error isn't great given his advanced age and the fact he's lost three of his past four fights.
Aldo fight in the works
BantamweightUFC
May 20, 2021
Munhoz is expected to take on Jose Aldo in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event on August 7, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Munhoz last fought back in February when he defeated Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision. That was a solid bounce back after dropping fights to Frankie Edgar and Aljamain Sterling previously. Aldo is coming off a win last December against Marlon Vera.