The UFC on ESPN 15 main event was the setting where the promotion’s former lightweight champ, Frankie Edgar, took a tough split decision over the #5 ranked bantamweight, Pedro Munhoz, in a predominantly standup affair. Both men were able to implement their respective games, but neither man was quite able to take over or dish out fight-altering damage. Nonetheless, it was Edgar who did enough to sway two of the three judges to get the nod. Can a 38-year-old Edgar actually make a run at 135-pounds?
Munhoz took the center of the Octagon and marched forward, but Edgar was finding success on the outside with counter punches. Munhoz kept pressuring, landing with his right hand on several occasions. He couldn’t help but walk himself into counters though, so this round was pretty close.
Edgar let his hands go early I’m the second act, piecing up Munhoz and causing some bleeding around the left eye. This did not deter Munhoz and he got back to pressuring Edgar. The footwork of the former lightweight champ prevented Munhoz from landing the bulk of his strikes, and also opened up some counter striking opportunities. Munhoz landed a shot to the cup right before the bell and then got in a knee before the referee could acknowledge the foul.
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