UFC 227 results: Pedro Munhoz batters incredibly durable Brett Johns, settles for decision
The bantamweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 227 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on pay-per-view.
Munhoz was quick to start, kicking high and low in the opening seconds of the bout. Meanwhile, Johns pressed forward and start rattling off punches before changing levels and looking unsuccessfully for a takedown. Munhoz was happy to return fire, and he landed a few punches inside, as well, prompting a few spirited exchanges in the pocket.
Johns came up short on a few flying knees, while Munhoz missed on a spinning heel kick. But both men found the mark with their punches, banging it out in close quarters. Johns tried again unsuccessfully for a takedown and was cut on the bridge of his nose, but he continued to trade punches inside until the bell.
The two engaged again immediately to start the second, with Munhoz getting the best of it. Leg kicks began to take their toll, with Johns visibly limping. Punches landed clean up top, as well. Then a Munhoz front kick dug into the body, sending Johns to the floor. Munhoz tried to finish the fight first with punches, then with a pair of guillotine attempts, but Johns somehow battled through the trouble and back to his feet.
Munhoz continued to tee off on his opponent’s lead leg, sweeping him to the floor. Johns crawled back to his feet and switched stances, moving forward and going for broke, teeing off in the pocket in an incredibly entertaining exchange. Munhoz snuck in a high kick that saw Johns slowly wobble to the floor, but he somehow managed to survive the final seconds of the round in an incredible show of will.
Johns remained standing between rounds and again came out guns blazing in the third. A Munhoz front kick to the body again saw Johns double over in pain. Munhoz tried to capitalize with a guillotine, but Johns again escaped, though he was still trapped on the bottom. Munhoz seemed content to control from the top, and an exhausted Johns couldn’t find a way up until there was just one minute left in the round.
Johns tried valiantly to muster some offense on the restart, but..
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