Date: Sunday 3rd February, 1am (UK)
Location: Belém, Brazil
Venue: Arena Guilherme Paraense
The co-main for UFC Fight Night 125 should be a thrilling bout at bantamweight between two UFC veterans as Pedro Munhoz welcomes John Dodson for his first fight in Brazil.
The bantamweight division has become fiercely competitive which Dodson has discovered since moving back up from the flyweight division. Since moving up he hasn’t been able to string two wins together with wins over Manvel Gamburyan and Eddie Wineland but close decision losses to John Lineker and Marlon Moraes.
Dodson’s 19-9 record does not flatter him as he is one of the most talented fighters in the lightest divisions. He is arguably the quickest bantamweight but also has unruly power in his hands, represented by the nine knockouts to his name.
These skills will have to simmer on the night because he is taking on Munhoz who has won his last four fights including three ‘performance of the night’ bonuses and is truly in the form of his life. The grappling wizard would love nothing more to wrap up a 10th submission victory and climb up the rankings.
First, he will have to get his hands on Dodson who will leverage his speed to be illusive, avoid the takedowns and create space to light up Munhoz on the feet. Although Dodson is confident with his power in the clinch and his wrestling, he would be wise to keep the distance but with the form Munhoz is in, can we really bet against him having his own way?
See below for the statistical breakdown with Dodson’s takedown defence highlighted as the key stat:
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.