The UFC Bantamweight Handset Pedro Munhoz was in action last Wednesday when champion Champion T.J. Dillashaw's unwanted drug test.
As Dillashaw gives up his belt, everyone wanted to hear Munhoz's thoughts about the division. And the answer is pretty simple: move forward.
"This is unfortunate for Dillashaw," Munhoz told MMA Junkie. "But it's fortunate for the rest of us, as he probably wanted to re-judge (Henry) Cejudo and hold on to the bantamweight division again, well, I think that since TJ we've lost the rivalry after we gave up the belt Forget about Cejudo and move the Bantamweights forward. "
In Munhoz's opinion, there were only three valid contenders for the belt: Marlon Moraes (22-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Aljamain Sterling (17-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and himself. Sterling does not exclude it for competitive reasons, but for entertainment purposes.
"Aljamain is tough, but he is a bit boring," Munhoz said. "Most of his bouts are won by points, he never goes from toe to toe. I think, when I face Marlon, the fans will get two aggressive fights with a stimulating style. We both want to fail or submit.
"It's more entertaining. Aljamain is good and experienced, but also boring and prone to make decisions. Both Marlon and I usually have a goal and we collide. It's a better fight for the company.
Look at Munhoz 18-3 MMA (8-3 UFC) and Moraes & # 39; recent bouts, it's hard not to agree. Moraes defeated long-time rival Raphael Assuncao and Munhoz stopped former champion Cody Garbrandt in one of the more exciting one-round bouts lately.
Munhoz faces disciplinary action as a result of this fight. On March 27, the State Athletic Commission in Nevada will consider a possible sentence for its decision to jump to the cage after the fight; After a notorious brawl on UFC 229, the commission is taking action against the post-battle celebrations.
Munhoz admits he is one step behind Moraes in the ranking order of bantamweight contenders. But after UFC President Dana White announced on Saturday night that Cejudo and Moraes will be lining up for the belt later this year, Munhoz admits he's not thrilled with the election.
"Marlon would probably work on T.J. if the Cejudo fight did not happen first, he said. "Well, I think the UFC should let the actual bantamweights fight for the empty belt. That would be Marlon and me.
Although Dillashaw has been suspended for an adverse finding, he is granted the appropriate procedural rights as his case is decided by the American Anti-Doping Agency. However, he was also suspended for a year by the New York State Athletic Commission, which oversaw his fight-night test for a fight against Cejudo at UFC on ESPN + 1.
Munhoz, who had his own doping allegations, has limited compassion for Dillashaw.
"Undoubtedly, the PED mission harms opponents," Munhoz said. "I am not one who T.J. I'm sure he had his own motives. He now pays the price when he has done it. Thanks to USADA, everyone is now at eye level. I am against PEDs. I support USADA. They are very serious. They keep us all at the same level.
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