UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane- Pedro Munhoz vs Jimmie Rivera: Prediction and Fight Analysis

Published 02/27/2021, 12:41 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 21: Pedro Munhoz of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane has an intriguing bantamweight match-up in store for UFC faithful. Pedro Munhoz and Jimmie Rivera will lock horns in a rematch between the two top bantamweights. The duo previously fought in 2015 with Rivera edging victorious by a split decision.

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But, the Brazilian, Munhoz, will look to even the scores as he is keen to get back in action after back-to-back setbacks in his last two fights. Munhoz knocked out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 236. Subsequently, he dropped two consecutive decisions against Aljamain Sterling and Frankie Edgar.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Jimmie Rivera punches Cody Stamann in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rivera has dropped 3 out of his last 5 bouts. Marlon Moraes handed ‘El Terror’ his first loss in the UFC as he finished Rivera for the first time in his career in 2018. A win over John Dodson was followed by losses against Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. However, the 31-year-old returned to winning ways against Cody Stamann on Fight Island last year.

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UFC bantamweights: Pedro Munhoz vs Jimmie Rivera

The American Top Team trainee, Munhoz, has excellent submission expertise and has secured 8 career wins in this fashion. However, he is dangerous with his striking as well. Knockout wins over the likes of Cody Garbrandt and Bryan Caraway are a testament to the same.

Munhoz has been fighting in the UFC since 2014 and has never been finished in his entire professional career. Out of his 5 losses, 3 have been by split decisions-including his previous fight against his next opponent. That shows the caliber and durability of the Brazilian contender.

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Rivera on the other hand has been finished once only in his career. He is a decision machine as 17 out of his 23 wins have come in this fashion He only has one finish in the UFC, that was his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage. ‘El Terror‘ has proved that he is one of the very best fighters in the world.

Munhoz will come in determined as he will look to overturn his disappointing outing against Frankie Edgar last term as he dropped a split decision. Also, leveling the score against Rivera will add extra motivation for him.

‘The Young Punisher’ will look to further establish himself as a bonafide contender and a possible title challenger with a win against the veteran.

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Final Prediction: Pedro Munhoz by decision

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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