Over four fights and two years, Pedro Munhoz showed that he belongs in the UFC.
Now, the Brazilian must once again make sure fans remember he is a top challenger after falling to John Dodson in March.
Munhoz meets Brett Johns in the FX featured prelim this Saturday at UFC 227 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bantamweight title will be on the line in the main event, as Cody Garbrandt challenges TJ Dillashaw.
It’s a big bantamweight night at UFC 227, as Ricky Simon meets Montel Jackson, Ricardo Ramos faces off against Kyung Ho Kang and Marlon Vera battles Wuliji Buren.
But Munhoz-Johns will catch the most attentions – as it should.
A former Resurrection Fighting Alliance bantamweight champion, Munhoz has moved to American Top Team for his training. Nicknamed “The Young Punisher,” he is 15-3 overall and 5-3 with a no-contest inside the Octagon.
In his debut, Munhoz suffered a decision loss to top contender Raphael Assuncao. He quickly rebounded a few months later by finishing Matt Hobar before a no-contest with Jerrod Sanders.
Munhoz dropped a split decision to Jimmie Rivera in 2015 and promptly reeled off three submissions in four wins, choking out Russell Doane, Justin Scoggins and Rob Font. All three of those finishes were “Performance of the Night” awards for the competitor.
Much like Munhoz, Johns suffered his first career loss in April, dropping a decision to Aljamain Sterling. The former Titan FC and Cage Warriors champion will be looking to get back on track, too, which should make for a thrilling finale to the prelims.
Below is the current fight card:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo
Middleweight: Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland
Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich
Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns
Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson
Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana
Featherweight: Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez
Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. Zhang Welli
Bantamweight: Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren