Johnny Munoz

Kid Kvenbo

USA

Submission win in UFC 265 opener
BantamweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Munoz defeated Jamey Simmons via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 2 at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong bounce-back effort for Munoz on the heels of his unanimous decision loss to Nathan Maness in his company debut a little over a year ago. Blessed with a considerable edge over Simmons in grappling, Munoz landed three successful takedowns before working for the rear-naked choke that ended the bout. The next challenge for the 28-year-old California native will be to string together back-to-back victories.
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Fight rebooked with Simmons
BantamweightUFC
May 10, 2021
Munoz will take on Jamey Simmons in a bantamweight bout at UFC 265 on August 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Munoz and Simmons were supposed to fight back in April at UFC 261, but the fight was called off due to one of the fighter suffering an injury. Both fighters will be looking for their first wins with the UFC. Munoz made his UFC debut make in August, but fell via unanimous decision to Nathan Maness.
Fight off UFC 261
BantamweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Munoz will no longer face Jamey Simmons at UFC 261 on Saturday due to one of the fighters suffering an unspecified injury.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear which of the two sustained the injury, but it appears the UFC intends to book this fight at a later date. Munoz was set to enter this matchup as approximately a (-290) betting favorite.
Getting new opponent
BantamweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Munoz is expected to fight Jamey Simmons at UFC 261 on April 24, after Mark Striegl (undisclosed) was forced to withdraw, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Munoz was initially scheduled to face off against Striegl, but he'll instead target a match against Simmons, who usually locks in at featherweight. Coming off a loss in his UFC debut, this will mark a chance for Munoz to increase his record with the promotion to 1-1.
Fighting Striegl in April
BantamweightUFC
March 3, 2021
Munoz is in the works to face Mark Striegl in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC's April 24 event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Munoz most recently stepped into the Octagon last August, when he lost to Nathan Maness in Las Vegas, during what was his UFC debut. He'll vie to improve his record with the promotion to 1-1 come April.
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.