Former UFC Featherweight champion and veteran contender Jose Aldo was too good for Pedro Munhoz, dominated and won a wide unanimous decision victory in the Co-Main event of UFC 265 at the Toyota Centre in Houston. The fight was aired on Pay-Per-View following Prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Aldo (30-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC) made use of very effective counter striking and an impressive defensive display to dominate Munhoz (19-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) over three rounds to aearn a 30-27 score from the three Judges.
Munhoz looked to impress early in the opening round and quickly charged at Aldo with a spinning kick, that swept through the air before Aldo charged forward with his combinations. The round was evenly contested as Aldo was content delivering his telling shots on the counter while Munhoz kept a high output.
Things got a little more interesting in the second round as Aldo began increasing his activity. He took the work to Munhoz’s body, ripping bodyshots to the ribs, complemented it with a good jab. Munhoz stayed close and connected leg kicks and did some damage while both maintained the close quartets. Aldo maintained his composure throughout, avoiding big shots from Munhoz and sliding in counters as he cruised to another victorious round.
The third round seamed more urgent for the two who looked to finish off the fight on a high note. Both rushed to the Center but it was Aldo who landed better, connecting combinations that rocked Munhoz and at one point snapped his head backwards. Munhoz tried working down Aldo and connected some big shots but Aldo remained composed avoiding more damage. Aldo connected kicks while avoiding Munhoz for the remainder of the round to win the fight.
Having won two fights in a row, Aldo now sets his sight on landing another title shot and possibly become a two time world champion.
“I want to be a champion in this division and I’ve been dedicating myself a lot in Brazil,” Aldo said through an interpreter during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “That’s why I’m here tonight.”
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