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Three rounds were not enough for Pedro Munhoz and Jimmie Rivera to settle their differences.
More than five years after their initial Ultimate Fighting Championship encounter resulted in a split decision for Rivera, the two bantamweight contenders will meet for a second time in a UFC Fight Night 186 showcase this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Munhoz finds himself on the rebound following consecutive defeats to Aljamain Sterling and Frankie Edgar. Rivera, meanwhile, last appeared at UFC on ESPN 13, where he snapped his own two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision over Cody Stamann on July 15.
As Munhoz and Rivera approach their high-stakes rematch, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
34: Years of age for Munhoz, who was born on Sept. 7, 1986 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
8: Munhoz wins by submission, accounting for 44% of his career total (18). His methods of choice: six guillotine chokes, one heel hook and one rear-naked choke. Munhoz owns five other victories by knockout and five more by decision.
769: Significant strikes landed by Munhoz as a UFC bantamweight, placing him second on the promotion’s all-time list at 135 pounds. Only T.J. Dillashaw (1,004) has connected with more.
5: Post-fight bonuses banked by Munhoz in his 14 appearances under the UFC banner. The former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion has been awarded “Performance of the Night” on three occasions and “Fight of the Night” twice, resulting in $250,000 of additional income.
114: Combined wins between the five men—Rivera, Edgar, Sterling, John Dodson and Raphael Assuncao—who have managed to defeat Munhoz.
31: Years of age for Rivera, who was born in Ramsey, New Jersey, on June 29, 1989. “Batman,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Ghostbusters 2,” “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” and “Dead Poets Society” were the Top 5 movies at the domestic box office at the time.
16: Bantamweight champions, including Rivera, in King of the Cage history. Shawn Ramage, Del Hawkins, Manny Tapia, Ryan Diaz, Abel Cullum, Jared Papazian, Frank Baca, Russell Doane, Marvin Garcia, Frankie Saenz, Randy Steinke, Derrick Mandell, Juan Archuleta, Patrick Mix and Johnny Munoz Jr. are the others. Rivera also held the Ring of Combat and Cage Fury Fighting Championships titles at 135 pounds.
17: Rivera victories by decision, accounting for 74% of his career total (23). He owns four other wins by knockout and two more by submission.
7: Organizations in which Rivera has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 7-3 in the UFC, 5-1 in Ring of Combat, 4-0 in Bellator MMA, 3-0 in Cage Fury Fighting Championships, 2-0 in King of the Cage, 1-0 in World Series of Fighting and 1-0 in Urban Conflict Championships.
.759: Cumulative winning percentage between the four men—Sterling, Petr Yan, Marlon Moraes and Jason McLean—who have beaten Rivera. They own a combined record of 63-19-1.
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