UFC 265 Main Card: Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz: Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/04/2021, 9:23 AM EDT


UFC 265 can be one of the best MMA events of the year. The event has a plethora of outstanding fighters competing, but people are most excited about the main event clash between Derrick Lewis and Cyril Gane. However, there are many other fights that promise to be entertaining affairs. One such fight is the co-main Bantamweight clash between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Jose Aldo of Brazil celebrates in the octagon after his bantamweight bout during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Aldo is coming into the fight after winning his last fight against Marlon Vera. Unfortunately, that was his first win after 3 consecutive losses. Against Vera, Aldo fought admirably and won via unanimous decision. ‘Junior’ is a former three-time UFC Featherweight champion and is often considered to be amongst the greatest featherweight fighters of all time.

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At one point Aldo was undefeated across 18 fights spread over a decade. However, as the fighter is not in the greatest of forms recently, many expect this to be his last push for a UFC title.

Although, Aldo’s opponent Munhoz has also not been in the greatest of forms either, winning 1 out of his last three fights.

However, Munhoz has repeatedly proved himself in the Octagon. ‘The Young Punisher’ has an MMA record of (19-5-1) and has defeated fighters like Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font. Munhoz is currently No.9 in the UFC bantamweight rankings and, with a victory over Aldo, will look to move up in the division.

Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz: Analysis

Despite having one of the longest and most decorated careers in the UFC, Aldo is just 34 years old. Aldo has often competed with the best in the UFC and has come out on top. However, in recent years, the fighter seems to be losing an edge and will face a steep challenge when he faces Munhoz.

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Munhoz, on the other hand, is becoming more popular with each passing fight. ‘The young Punisher’ has, on multiple occasions, shown his ability to deliver quick standing attacks.

However, Aldo’s experience might just be too much for him to contain.

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Final Prediction: Jose Aldo defeats Pedro Munhoz via decision

Who do you think will win the UFC 265 fight between Aldo and Munhoz? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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