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The UFC has added a bantamweight bout to the upcoming Fight Night event in Brazil.
MMAFighting.com confirmed the match-up following a report by Combate.
Munhoz (12-1) looks for his third straight victory inside the Octagon after scoring back-to-back first-round knockouts over Jerrod Sanders and Matt Hobar, while TUF 14 alum Rivera (17-1) tries to go 2-0 under the UFC banner after stopping Marcus Brimage in 89 seconds in July.
The fight will mark the return of Munhoz after a controversial drug test result in his last bout. The Black House bantamweight, who stopped Sanders in 39 seconds last October at Nova Scotia’s UFC Fight Night 54, was suspended after failing a post-fight drug test, even though the drug test results were never announced by the UFC or the local athletic commission.
As first reported by MMAFighting.com in July, Munhoz tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, but claimed his levels were not above the limit. The fighter hired a specialist, who believed the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority made several mistakes during the process.
“We called a specialist, Paul Scott, and the commission couldn’t explain why my levels were high,” Munhoz said in July. “We asked the commission for documents, explaining what happened, and it took them three months to send them to me. They sent us a 150-page file, and we gave it to Paul Scott. He examined the entire thing and said ‘This is a joke, it’s all wrong’.
“The testosterone levels can go from 300 to 1100, and my level was at 850. That’s in the limit. ‘Oh, but your last test from Las Vegas was at 410, and you’re at 850 this time,’ they said. But that’s not above the limit. And everything can change your testosterone level, even if you didn’t sleep properly, if you had sex, or if you took supplements. I was using two supplements, Vitrix and ZMA, and both are legal. I always ask the UFC before taking anything, and they told me I was allowed to use them.”
However, Nova Scotia Boxing Authority chairman Michael MacDonald told MMAFighting.com at the time that the UFC was the one who collected the sample and had it tested at a lab in Las Vegas.
“(The UFC) kind of run the show,” MacDonald said. “We’re just there for the protection and of the fighters and to make sure the rules and regulations are followed. These guys, they have a well-oiled machine. They’re doing this all over the world. They’re very, very competent.”
Almost two months after the first report was published, the UFC never addressed the situation. Booked to fight on Nov. 7, Munhoz told MMAFighting.com his suspension was “cancelled,” but sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the fighter is currently serving a one-year suspension until Oct. 4.
Marc Raimondi contributed to this story
Raphael Assuncao wanted a shot at the title, but he’s getting a UFC newcomer instead.
Undefeated since cutting down to bantamweight, Assuncao asked for a chance against undisputed champion Renan Barao after Francisco Rivera pulled out of the UFC 170 card with an injury. However, sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that he is set to meet fellow Brazilian Pedro Munhoz at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Munhoz steps inside the Octagon for the first time with a perfect 10-0 record. The Black House and Kings MMA product last fought in a bantamweight title defense at Resurrection Fighting Alliance on Jan. 24, finishing Billy Daniels in 41 seconds.
Assuncao (21-4) was hoping that his 5-0 record in the bantamweight division would earn him a shot at the gold, but he will need to do more to get his chance against Barao. The Brazilian, who defeated the likes of Mike Easton and T.J. Dillashaw in his run at 135, hasn’t lost since 2011.
Brian Ortega became the new Resurrection Fighting Alliance featherweight champion on Friday night, edging Keoni Koch via split decision in the main event of RFA 12
from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES — Brian Ortega’s nickname is T-City, with the “T” being short for triangle.
The Black House fighter thought he had a triangle submission victory against Keoni Koch in their featherweight title main event at RFA 12 on Friday night. He, and most of the house at the Shrine Auditorium, thought Keoni Koch tapped in the fourth round.
Instead, since the fight wasn’t stopped, it went the distance, a five-round thriller of a fight. Ortega won via an odd split decision (49-46,46-49, 49-46) to claim the vacant title and remain unbeaten.
“I thought he tapped, to be honest with you,” said Ortega (8-0). “I thought he tapped and I thought he won the fight, so I let go a little bit. But it’s OK, I got the win in the end.”
Ortega, who came into the bout with four career submissions, seemed determined to the get-go to win the fight via finish. After dominating the standup in round one, he went for a flying triangle and nearly cinched it.
Koch (5-1), the older brother of UFC featherweight Erik Koch, wasn’t just there to be an opponent, though. Koch upped the ante in round two, the round he likely won on all three scorecards, and which led to crazy exchanges both standing and on the ground.
By that point, Ortega knew he was in for a battle.
“He was all heart, man,” Ortega said. “I knew he was tough coming into this fight. I knew I had to take this fight seriously and he showed why. He was such a tough opponent.”
Ortega spent much of round three working from Koch’s back on the ground. Early in round four, he worked his way into the super-tight triangle and armbar combo, which nearly ended the fight. Both fighters let it all hang out in round five, and Koch even managed a late choke, but Ortega escaped.
“I feel good,” Ortega said. “I’m tired, but I feel good.”
If Ortega’s nickname is “T-City,” then fellow Black House fighter Pedro Munhoz must be “G-City.” the Sao Paulo native, and Torrance, Calif. resident made short work of previously unbeaten Billy Jenkins in the co-main event.
Munhoz (10-0) retained his RFA bantamweight title via guillotine choke in 41 seconds, the jiu-jitsu black belt’s third guillotine win in his past five fights.
“He came in at me and the opening was there, I took it,” Munhoz said. “The guillotine, that’s my favorite move. I’ll use it every time if it’s there.”
While Ortega, 22, looks like he’s still a work in process, the 26-year-old Munhoz looks like he’s ready for the call from the UFC.
“I am ready,” said Munhoz. “That is my dream, I have been training hard, always I like to push more myself. That’s my dream and hopefully they will call me to fight. I’ll be ready.”
In a matchup of a pair of middleweight with UFC and Strikeforce experience, “King” Kevin Casey (7-3) had an easy go of it with Eddie Mendez (7-3-1, 1 no-contest). Casey scored a takedown early in the fight, worked into side control, briefly had a Kimura, but then took top control and pummeled Mendez into submission. Casey won via verbal submission at 3:38 of round one for his fifth career stoppage win and second straight victory since his UFC release.
In women’s strawweight fight which, in a just world, would earn both spots in the TUF 20 house, Justin Kish took a unanimous decision from Randa Markos Thomas.
Kish (4-0), a Black House fighter by way of North Carolina, put on a standup clinic over the first two rounds of the fight, mixing all sorts of kicks and standing elbows in with her crisp boxing. Thomas (3-1), from Windsor, Ont., was bloodied as a result, but she came out swinging in the third round and changed the complexity of the bout in a hurry. She scored a takedown, scored offense from the top, and nearly finished Kish with an armbar. Kish escaped and the fight went the distance. Judges’ scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.
In a lightweight battle of Black House vs. Team Cesar Gracie fighters, Black House’s James Moontarsi (6-1) handed Rick Reger (6-1) his first pro loss. Moontarsi, who comes from a Muay Thai background, started to turn the fight in his favor early in the first round. Early in the second, He caught Reger coming in with a huge right uppercut, swarmed him, and applied a rear-naked choke. Referee Jason Herzog pulled Moontarsi off for the technical submission at the 28-second mark.
In the main-card opener, Hawaii’s Boston Salmon made his pro debut memorable with a vicious finish of Brazil’s Perceu Friza. Salmon landed a vicious kick to the stomach, which sent Friza (2-1), who was cornered by Lyoto Machida, wobbling backwards. Salmon unleashed a violent gound-and-pound assault before the fight was waved off at 3:13.
In an undercard bout of note, John Hackleman Jr. needed just 11 seconds to finish Howard LaCroix in a middleweight matchup. With his father, legendary trainer John Hackleman Sr., in his corner, and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell watching from the front row, Hackleman Jr. wasted no time dropping LaCroix with a big right and and following up with a series of punches to his grounded foe. Hackleman Jr. improved to 2-0 on his career.