Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz - 8/22/20 UFC on ESPN 15 Pick and Prediction
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Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar
Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Frankie Edgar +205 / Pedro Munhoz -240 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Pedro Munhoz and Frankie Edgar face off in a bantamweight showdown for the main event during ESPN 15 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz comes into this fight with an 18-4 record overall and coming into this fight Munhoz has won three of the last four fights. The one loss for Munhoz during that stretch was against Aljamain Sterling and Munhoz didn’t look good in that fight getting outstruck 174-105 and that led to the loss. In each of the previous two wins were finished by knockout, including his win in March of 2019 against Cody Garbrandt. Each of the two knockout wins have come in the first round, and in this one he is going to try and finish it early.
Munhoz comes into this fight averaging 5.29 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 6.17 significant strikes per minute. Munhoz is also averaging 0.92 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but he is only successful on 21 percent of his attempts. Munhoz is also averaging 1.1 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
On the other side of this fight is Frankie “The Answer” Edgar who has found all kinds of success during his UFC career, but he comes into this one having lost two fights in a row. In Edgar’s last fight against Chan Sung Jung and he looked outmatched from the very beginning. Getting oustruck 46-9 and a little over halfway through the first round, Edgar was knocked out. Edgar’s last win came in April of 2018 against Cub Swanson and in that fight, he got the job done by unanimous decision.
Edgar is averaging 3.60 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.48 significant strikes per minute. Edgar is a good wrestler and coming into this one he is averaging 2.34 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. Edgar is also averaging 0.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
Edgar is no doubt struggling coming into this fight, but this is still a guy who has found a lot of success and he will get the job done in this one. Look for Edgar to get the fight to the ground and he will control the right. Edgar might not get the finish, but he will win at a strong price.