Lightweights Luis Pena and Alex Munoz are set to clash on this weekend’s UFC Vegas 24 main card. Munoz is searching for his first win inside the octagon against an always formidable foe in Pena.
Luis Pena vs Alex Munoz is a battle of versatile athletes who are both well-coached, with “Violent Bob Ross” training at American Top Team and Munoz laying the groundwork at Team Alpha Male. This match-up of southpaws is nearly guaranteed to deliver action, warranting its placement on the main card.
Luis Pena (8-3, 4-3 UFC)
Pena didn’t rush into making his professional MMA debut, having fought nine amateur bouts prior to moving up to the professional ranks. It turned out to be the right decision because it only took four pro wins before the UFC awarded Pena a spot The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated in 2018. After winning his first fight on the show, he suffered an injury that forced him to the sideline. Luckily, Dana White guaranteed him a slot on the season’s finale card, which would serve as his official UFC debut.
“Violent Bob Ross” only took a couple minutes to sink in a guillotine choke, which granted him his first UFC victory. Since then, Pena has gone just 3-3, but two of the losses came via split-decision. The other defeat was a back and forth affair with Khama Worthy that ended in Pena being forced to tap. Still, the 6’3″ lightweight is only 27 years old and still has a ton of talent to build upon. He’ll be eager to step in the cage after having his fight with Drakkar Klose canceled last minute due to COVID-19.
Alex Munoz (6-1, 0-1 UFC)
Munoz earned the opportunity to compete on the Contender Series after just four MMA fights. He proved to be a legit prospect by beating Nick Newell via unanimous decision, but it wasn’t enough to get him the contract that evening. After tenaciously going elsewhere to gain another victory, the UFC offered him the chance to debut against Luis Pena in Feb. 2020. However, an injury forced Munoz out of the fight and then the pandemic ensued.
The Dallas, Texas native took on the test of Nasrat Haqparast in his debut last August, but he came up short on the scorecards. Yet, just 31 and still very young in the sport, Munoz is absolutely viewed as a promising talent. Training under the tutelage of Uriah Faber and the coaching staff at Team Alpha Male has those close to him very confident that he’ll have a long tenure in the UFC.
Luis Pena vs Alex Munoz Breakdown
As previously mentioned, this is a match-up of two southpaw fighters who are quite well-rounded and multifaceted. Pena is incredibly tall and long, but he actually knows how to utilize those attributes to his advantage. On the feet, he loves to get in the clinch and throw knees to the solar plexus and chin of his opponents. Once he begins to grapple he can often times easily set up a body lock, which allows him to hunt submissions while fully in control. Meanwhile, Munoz likes to throw his hands to get in the face of his opponent, before shooting for a takedown. His level change is so fast and unexpected that it seems to work 100% of the time.
Being the sizably shorter fighter at UFC Vegas 24, Munoz might have some serious success getting his hands locked behind Pena, almost ensuring the takedown. “Violent Bob Ross” is fairly dangerous on the back though as well, so expect some entertaining scrambles between these two.
Pena normally enters fights with some sort of new weapon on the feet. Whether it’s a front kick to the body or a sneaky right hook following a jab, he can dictate the range of most fights with his extensive arsenal. Luis Pena vs Alex Munoz is a difficult fight to predict the winner of due to their well-versed styles. Oddsmakers peg Pena as a slight favorite at (-158), with Munoz currently sitting as an underdog of (+128). Sit back, relax, and enjoy this great scrap.
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