Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight fighters Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz fight this weekend (Saturday, August 19, 2023) at UFC 292 inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
It’s funny how one loss can affect the perception of an elite fighter. Vera was close to winning the championship. but he was cory The great Sandhagen attacked him. And now he’s being talked about as if he’s never been that good. In fact, “Chito” remains one of the most offensive finishers at 135 pounds, although he has a hard time proving his case against Munhoz. Indeed, “The Young Punisher” is controversial. It is said to be the most durable of the group. And he proved he was still at his best by beating Chris. Gutierrez last time
Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each of them:
Major victories: Sean O’Malley (UFC 252), Dominick Cruz (UFC San Diego), Rob Font (UFC Vegas 53), Frankie Edgar (UFC 268), Davey Grant (UFC Vegas 29), Brian Kelleher (UFC on FOX 25).
Key loss: Cory Sandhagen (UFC San Antonio), Jose Aldo (UFC Vegas 17), Song Yadong (UFC on ESPN 8), John Lineker (UFC Fight Night 119)
Key to Victory: Vera is an incredible opportunist. Few are better at compiling their readings then exploiting them with violence. And the Ecuadorian athlete has proven himself an offensive finisher both on the canvas and on his feet.
This was Vera’s first three-round fight since November 2021, so he needed to adjust his internal clock. He received a lot of criticism for his slow start in 5 laps, which could have been disastrous if he hadn’t softened up in a 10 minute fight.
I’d like to see Vera address Munhoz’ steel chin here. The man has never been relegated. So chasing the knockout doesn’t feel like a safe bet. But I’d like to see Vera get really aggressive with a kick to his left liver and a kick in the torso. Elbows are also a smart choice. Just like he did with Davey Grant in the bag.
Munhoz’ cut may not finish him off either. But none of them fought perfectly with blood in their eyes.
record: 20-7 (2)
Major victories: Rob Font (UFC Fight Night 119), Cody Garbrandt (UFC 235), Jimmie Rivera (UFC Vegas 20), Bryan Caraway (TUF 28 Finale), Justin Scoggins (UFC Fight Night 100), Brett Johns (UFC 227), Chris Gutierrez. (UFC Kansas City)
Key loss: Aljamen Sterling (UFC 238), Jose Aldo (UFC 265), Dominick Cruz (UFC 269), Frankie Edgar (UFC on ESPN 15), Jimmie Rivera (UFC Fight Night 77), Rafael Assuncao (UFC 170).
Key to Victory: Who exactly does Munhoz fight in the bantamweight division? Fight against a ton of champions and top contenders at one point after another. He’s a powerful fighter and has one of the best calf kicks in the division — perhaps the controversy settled since he kicked Gutierrez out of the calf? – and the choked guillotine
However, Munhoz was able to fight really well. He’s not good enough to just hit the racket and take Vera down three rounds, but I don’t see any reason Munhoz can’t combine his takedowns with his attack. Vera’s usual wrestling defense is jujitsu, but Munhoz is a high-level black belt and should be able to swim well in those waters.
As Sandhagen demonstrated Taking down Vera early can seal the round and pit him. With his durability and strength, squashing Vera long enough for a takedown to make him feel like an effective strategy for the Brazilian rider. One additional wrinkle that may be important is the emphasis on the right snap kick rather than the right low kick. Because Vera’s Southpaw stance would make her back stance less effective.
It should be the top bantamweight.
Vera’s loss to Sandhagen caused his stock to plummet. But he remains a top-10 bantamweight with a fan-friendly style. He also fights quite often. This can help him build momentum quickly. If he came back to be the champion here So he has history with this weekend’s title challenger Sean O’Malley…
As for Munjoz, he’s lost enough in the top five. which hindered his ability to climb. The only way to get another chance to fight the man who defeated him is to keep winning! Vera will be an important part of his resume. This will push him up the ladder and get closer to the competition.
At UFC 292, Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz will throw in. What man can still stand up when the dust settles?
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