UFC on ESPN 15

UFC on ESPN 15: Frankie Edgar grinds out split-decision win over Pedro Munhoz

Close fight, but "The Answer" comes through

Frankie Edgar enjoyed a triumphant welcome to the bantamweight with a narrow split-decision win over Pedro Munhoz in the main event of UFC on ESPN 15 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Munhoz established octagon control early, coupled with legkicks that found a home often, but Edgar used combinations and takedowns in the first two rounds, then scored on the counterattack to earn the nod from the judges, who scored it 48-47, 46-49, and 48-47.

The card experienced a jolt when Ovince St. Preux tested positive for COVID-19 and was yanked hours before start time, along with opponent Alonzo Menifield.

Edgar and Munhoz earned Fight of the Night, while Trevin Jones and Shayna Dobson earned performance of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

TREVIN JONES DEF. TIMUR VALIEV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:59

MATTHEW SEMELSBERGER  DEF. CARLTON MINUS VIA UD(30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

JORDAN WRIGHT DEF. IKE VILLANUEVA VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R1 1:31

AMANDA LEMOS DEF. MIZUKI INOUE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ VS. DWIGHT GRANT

 

WINNER: DANIEL RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:24

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DWIGHT GRANT VIA SD

Andrews: Wow! This reminded me of the Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry matchup from years ago. Tough luck for Grant.

MARIYA AGAPOVA VS. SHAYNA DOBSON

 

WINNER: SHAYNA DOBSON VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARIYA AGAPOVA VIA TKO

Andrews: Simply one of the biggest upsets of the year. Great win for Dobson.

MARCIN PRACHINO VS. MIKE RODRIGUEZ 

 

WINNER: MIKE RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCIN PRACHINO VIA TKO

Andrews: One good elbow is all it took for Rodriguez to secure the victory.

AUSTIN HUBBARD VS. JOE SOLECKI

 

WINNER: JOE SOLECKI VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE SOLECKI VIA TKO

Andrews: Tidy win for Joe Joe.

MAIN EVENT

#5 PEDRO MUNHOZ VS. FRANKIE EDGAR 

 

WINNER: FRANKIE EDGAR VIA SD (48-47, 46-49, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PEDRO MUNHOZ VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Munhoz would have enough to outlast Edgar, but even with the leg kicks, that wasn’t the case. You have to tip your hat to Frankie.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN 15: Frankie Edgar grinds out split-decision win over Pedro Munhoz

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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