Edgar Earns Split Decision Victory Over Munhoz in Five Round War
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Veteran Frankie Edgar continues to amaze, the thirty-eight old earning a five round split decision victory over fifth-ranked Pedro Munhoz in a gruelling bantamweight bout in Las Vegas Saturday. Edgar simply would not be denied, winning his long-awaited debut in the division.
Both fighters landed some significant strikes early, but Munhoz came on midway through the opening round, landing some heavier blows while constantly pressing forward. Munhoz kept the pressure on in round two but caught a number of right hands and combinations from Edgar coming in. Round two was definitely a better round for Edgar. He held a slight advantage in significant strikes after two rounds - the fight likely even after the first two frames.
Edgar appeared to tire slightly in round three under the relentless pressure from Munhoz. Munhoz landed some heavy leg kicks during the round and it was clear that Edgar’s mobility was compromised. Munhoz found the mark more frequently during the round and definitely had the edge.
Both fighters fought gamely in the championship rounds, landing some telling strikes while keeping up an amazing pace for a five round round fight. The fight could have gone either way but it was the future Hall of Famer Frankie Edgar who had his hand raised - his eighteenth UFC victory. The battle was a deserving winner of Fight of the Night.
In the co-main, light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez knocked out Marcin Prachnio in the first round. Rodriguez landed a vicious elbow coming out of a clinch that floored Prachnio and Rodriguez quickly finished, landing some heavy blows before referee Jason Herzog jumped in to halt the fight.
In other action from the main card, Daniel Rodriguez rallied from an early knockdown to take out Dwight Grant in the first round of their welterweight scrap. In a high-paced women’s flyweight clash, Shanna Dobson knocked out heavily favoured Mariya Agapov at 1:39 of the second round. Agapov came out flyiing to start the fight but appeared to tire noticeably at the end of the opening round. In the second, Dobson was able to reverse a takedown by Agapov and apply some fierce ground and pound that an exhausted Agapov could not answer.
In a rescheduled bout, lightweight Joe Solecki scored an impressive first round submission victory over Austin Hubbard, applying a standing rear naked choke to end it early. With the win Solecki’s record improves to 2-0 in the UFC, 10-2 overall.
The UFC returns to the Apex in Las Vegas next Saturday, the main event a light heavyweight matchup between Anthony “Lionheart” Smith and Alexsandar Rakic.