A winner of seven of his last eight coNFLicts, Munhoz saw the biggest victory of his career earlier this month after he knocked out former winner Cody Garbrandt using a reliving attack at UFC 235. The performance earned Munhoz his fourth post-fight bonus within his last eight bouts and rocketed him up into the No. 4 position at the UFC’s media-generated bantamweight positions. And today Munhoz has his eyes on one thing only: a shot at the empty bantamweight title against fellow top contender Marlon Moraes.
“Person, I believe I deserve a name fight at the moment,” Munhoz told MMA Struggling at a media afternoon at his American Best Team gymnasium Thursday. “I still deserve a name fight. Aljamain Sterling, Henry Cejudo — a lot significantly more than either of them I deserve the name shot at the moment. I just knocked out the former champ.
“I simply knocked out that the guy who battled T.J. twice back-to-back for the name. I went there and knocked him out, therefore it’s my luck today. ”
Even the UFC’s bantamweight title was vacated at a shocking turn of events on Wednesday later Dillashaw revealed he had tested positive for a banned chemical at a USADA drug test in relation to his winner vs. champion UFC Brooklyn struggle against flyweight title holder Cejudo. Dillashaw was given a two-wheeled suspension with the New York State Athletic Commission for its failed test, was fined $10,000 and could eventually be susceptible to a more comprehensive prohibit from USADA. The specific substance Dillashaw tested positive for has not yet been revealed.
Munhoz said he had been amazed by Dillashaw’s failed test but has been also reminded of accusations of performance-enhancing medication usage which Garbrandt hurled at Dillashaw during the lead-ups into the 2 grudge suits the former teammates shared.
In the wake of Dillashaw’s revelation, the remaining portion of the bantamweight division has been left to muster for pole position to ascertain the upcoming challengers for the empty belt.
Moraes could be your present No. 1 contender and has notched four wins in a row, highlighted with a trio of notable stoppages over Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and Raphael Assuncao. He appears to be a shoe-in for almost any upcoming bantamweight title fight.
That leaves three additional viable contenders to potentially oppose Moraes: Munhoz, Sterling, or even flyweight winner Cejudo.
“he ’s that the flyweight winner, good. They desire to do that? They stopped the bantamweight [division once]. That’s definitely going to become the next moment. The first time they ceased it once T.J. went to rsquo;25. They would like to prevent [the branch ] again as the guy is going up? Let us struggle, therefore we are able to literally have two guys from precisely the same division fight; perhaps not await the next moment to complete these [cross-divisional] matches. Let us struggle.
“Subsequently in case it makes sense for the UFC, put Cejudo against [the winner of] Marlon and I. And why I’theres not placing Aljamain from the mix is basically really because I don’t think it’s definitely going to be an interesting struggle. He’s just going to make an effort to either out-wrestle or even out-grapple us. Fans want to see bloodstream. Fans WISh to see a dog fight. That’therefore I bring each and every moment. And the reason I don’t do garbage talk is basically because hands speak for themselves. ”
Munhoz added that the UFC’s recent trend of staging superfights like the one which contributed to Dillashaw losing to Cejudo via first-round TKO in January has caused a domino effect that’s resulted in multiple divisions — including bantamweight — being log-jammed at the very top. He noted by throwing Cejudo in to yet another cross-divisional struggle, the UFC could be only further sending the bantamweight and flyweight classes in to disarray.
“Without a doubt. And they did it. To do it ? Let us struggle. We, bantamweights. It’s definitely going to be Marlon, Aljamain, and I. Cejudo, if he struggles [at 135 pounds] back, that’s that the second time in a row which they’will halt the division for some guy at a separate division. So I believe they should give us the opportunity right now to get out who’therefore the bantamweight champion, after which we’ll see whether it is reasonable to do a struggle against Cejudo or never. ”
Although he’s soft spoken, Munhoz also took aim at the UFC rankings which currently have Sterling ranked one area above him. Sterling is 5-3 over his past eight and also suffered a grisly 67-second weight loss loss to Moraes in 2017. He also lost to Caraway over the stretch, that Munhoz finished with a vicious first-round TKO at November.
“It doesn’t create any sense he’s ranked No. 3 and also that I ’m No. 4,” Munhoz explained. “This makes no more sense. In my final struggle, I simply knocked out the former champ. Therefore today he’s No. 3 and that I ’m No. 4? I don’t understand how the rankings works, I don’t understand who’s the person who puts the numbers out there. That doesn’t create any sense. Look at my records. Glance at my struggles. Take a look at battles. He’s a terrific fighter — I’m not saying ’therefore perhaps not just a good fighter, he’s a fantastic fighter, however I’m a different level. ”