Former UFC lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger, Frankie Edgar made his first appearance as a bantamweight last night. He faced the No. 5 ranked Pedro Munhoz in the main event of UFC on ESPN 15 and came away with a somewhat controversial split-decision victory.
As a lightweight and featherweight, Edgar had an advantage in speed and cardio. He carried that speed with him down to his bantamweight debut and he also held onto his cardio. At 38, one has to wonder what Edgar could have done at 135-pounds if he had dropped to the division earlier in his accomplished career.
Edgar was very active throughout the bout and landed effective combinations. However, Munhoz delivered the more effective strikes. His low leg kicks in the third round slowed Edgar and when his punches landed the had much more of an effect than Edgar’s did.
Munhoz landed more strikes than Edgar and he also landed a higher percentage of his attempted significant strikes. Munhoz went 166 of 350 to Edgar’s 135 of 363. As for percentages, Munhoz landed at a 47 percent rate as compared to Edgar’s 37 percent.
Edgar paid a high price for the win. He was transported to the hospital following the loss so his leg could get checked out thanks to the leg kicks of Munhoz.
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UFC on ESPN 15 took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. ESPN and ESPN+ broadcast the main card following prelims on ESPN+.
Results and Reactions:
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