Pedro Munhoz: I won without a doubt
Pedro Munhoz lost a controversial Split Decision to Frankie Edgar at UFC on ESPN 15 on Saturday night. A dream team of MMA judges had scores all over the place, agreeing on only two of five rounds. That’s appropriate, as the fight was extremely close, and perhaps came down to how heavily the calf kicks were scored.
Judge Sal D’Amato scored rounds 1, 3, 4, and 5 for Munhoz. Fan calls for consignment to the Steve Wonder Hall of Shame were perhaps muted to a degree when Edgar was unable to attend the post-fight press conference, as he was transported to the hospital. Judge Derek Cleary scored rounds 2, 3, and 5 for Edgar, while Eric Colon liked Edgar in 1, 2, and 5.
At the post-fight press conference, Munhoz was respectful of Edgar.
“He seems very healthy, he seems very strong, tough, good cardio, a lot of good skills,” said Munhoz. “He definitely belongs in the top-five of the division.”
And the Brazilian was emphatic that the decision should have gone to him.
“Yeah, without a doubt,” he said. “I was just right now with the doctor getting some stitches and then some of my coaches, Dan Lambert, he was just showing me 17 of the media scores—20 media scores, 17 gave me the fight. Seventeen. So only three gave it to him. Also I saw the punching scores, I had the first, third, fourth, and fifth rounds.”
“A few times [I thought I had him in trouble], to be honest with you. Not taking anything from him, he’s a hell of a fighter. I have nothing but respect to him and all his team. I really feel and I saw a few times he was hurt and he’s pretty tough, so he hid that really good. I felt that throwing some crosses, some hooks, a couple of teep kicks on his body, the leg kicks he was hiding really good. Sometimes I was just faking that I’m gonna throw the kick and he was falling, so probably he was hurt. The last two fights, both my opponents just left me with scratches. They couldn’t walk out of the cage.”
“Not even the leg kicks. I hurt him with the jabs, I chased him five rounds. He got a couple of takedowns, but he couldn’t do anything with the takedowns, I got back up right away. I was looking for the finish.”
“I just want fair things, you know what I mean? I just don’t wanna lose to people that have a better reputation than I do or people that is a former champ, things like that. That’s my point. I want it just fair. Fair scores.”
What do you think UG, was the score fair?