Nathan Maness


Picks up win in debut
August 1, 2020
Maness defeated Johnny Munoz via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
After preparing to be a heavy underdog against Ray Borg, Maness found himself as a slight betting favorite (-120) heading into this fight. He was patient early, picking his spots before his momentum was interrupted by back-to-back low blows. Some time after the restart, Maness eventually succumbed to one of the several takedown attempts from Munoz. He allowed Munoz to advance position, and while he held off a kimura attempt, he took some heavy ground-and-pound as the round came to a close. Entering the second round behind in the striking battle, Maness fought off takedowns early and mixed in some heavy right hands. A short shot opened up a cut on Munoz roughly around the midway point, but the majority of the frame took place on the clinch up against the fence. Maness did get taken down in the final 30 seconds, but caught up significantly in the striking count in his work throughout the frame. Only 10 seconds into Round 3, Maness took yet another low blow, which finally forced the referee to come in and deduct a critical point from Munoz. Maness didn't necessarily take advantage of the opportunity, however, spending the vast majority of the rest of the fight with his back against the fence. With 40 seconds remaining, however, he was able to score his first takedown of the fight and score a few times before the final bell. The earlier point deduction proved to be significant, as Maness ultimately got the nod from the judges.
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Opponent changed for UFC debut
July 31, 2020
Maness will now fight Johnny Munoz in his UFC debut in Las Vegas on Saturday after Ray Borg was forced to withdraw, reports.
The fight will move from bantamweight to featherweight. It will feature a pair of UFC newcomers, with former TKO MMA champion Maness taking on KOTC champion Munoz. Maness has lost just once as a professional, while Munoz is undefeated through 10 fights.
Set to debut versus Borg
July 17, 2020
Maness will make his UFC debut on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas versus Ray Borg, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Maness has worked his way up the fighting ranks relatively cleanly, though he did recently suffer his first professional loss to Taylor Lapilus in May of 2019. He'll dip his toes in the UFC with a challenging fight versus a veteran in Ray Borg, who is aiming to bounce back after a split decision loss to Ricky Simon back in May. Maness holds a massive size advantage over Borg, standing six inches taller and holding a nine-inch longer reach.