Johnny Munoz
Kid Kvenbo

USA

Drops tight decision in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Munoz lost to Nathan Maness via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Stepping in on short notice for Ray Borg, Munoz entered a slight underdog but was aggressive in the striking exchanges early. He landed several low blows within close proximity of each other, which warranted a stern warning (but no point deduction) from the referee. Munhoz continued to search for the takedown from there and finally had Maness on his back after several attempts. He advanced to side control and then north-south position while searching for the kimura. While that didn't take, Munoz ended the round on a high note with a flurry of ground-and-pound that nearly threatened a stoppage. Munoz took a few shots early in the second and was opened up badly on the right eyebrow by approximately the halfway point. He was able to execute a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but was largely outlanded in the striking department. Just 10 seconds into the third round, Munoz connected flush with his third low blow of the fight, which finally warranted a crucial point deduction. That was followed up by another set of extended clinch work on the fence, and while the two were separated, Munoz returned to this position shortly thereafter. Munoz was eventually reversed and taken down for the first time of the fight, but Maness didn't do much of significance (outside of attempting an unsuccessful calf slicer) in the closing moments. In the end, that point deduction proved to be costly, as Munoz lost the very narrow decision.
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ANALYSIS
Munoz has compiled a undefeated pro and amateur record under the banner of KOTC, but will now put that record on the line against a fellow debuting fighter in Maness. While Munoz competed at bantamweight in his last fight, he'll move up to featherweight for this one, which should make the weight cut a bit less grueling.