Pedro Munhoz Knocks Cody Garbrandt Flat After Wild ‘Movie-Like’ Brawl
Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt returned to the cage tonight against the 9th ranked bantamweight in the world, Pedro Munhoz.
Garbrandt came into the fight looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, while Munhoz looked to extend his winning streak to three inside the Octagon.
Going into tonight’s event, Garbrandt hadn’t won in the Octagon since his incredible victory over Dominic Cruz back in 2016.
In that fight, Garbrandt solved the enigma that is Cruz more successfully than anyone in his UFC tenure, nullifying Cruz’s elusive style with incredible fundamental boxing technique.
While repeatedly defending the then-champions takedowns en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win.
The Team Alpha Male standouts career would take a sharp downward turn following this incredible performance however, with his title win followed by pair of losses to current UFC 135lbs champion, and former training partner, TJ Dillashaw with both losses coming by way of knockout.
Despite suffering the first defeats of his career consecutively, Garbrandt has told the media on fight week that maintaining a positive outlook has been essential to his return to the cage tonight.
The former champion explained that he drew inspiration from fellow UFC fighters on how to rebound from his losses.
“I remember after the first T.J. loss in New York, I was sitting back there and I thought, man, I’m going to have a Georges St. Pierre career, I was like, that’s fine, lose then come back and win a world championship.
Then I got beat again, and I was like, damn, I’m going to have a Daniel Cormier career. And you look at him now. He’s a double champion, he’s getting paid. He got beat twice by Jon Jones in close fights, and now he’s a double champion. For me, you’ve got to have light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s a different journey I’m on now. I want to be on a journey to be a world champion but along that way I want to inspire and use my platform for other people to showcase that you should never give up”
Munhoz meanwhile has been relatively flying under the radar in the stacked UFC bantamweight division, but has in that time managed to pick up victories over contenders like Bryan Caraway, Brett Johns, and Rob Font.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt also came into tonight’s fight having lost just once in the last three years.
Of the Brazilian’s three losses in the UFC leading up to tonight’s bout, all three came to fighters ranked in the top ten. The finish of Caraway was particularly impressive, as Munhoz’s first round knockout victory saw him become the first person to stop the American via strikes in over ten years.
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