UFC 220 gets 2 new matchups, including Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font

UFC 220 appears to have two new matchups.

They include bantamweights Thomas Almeida (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and featherweights Shane Burgos (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Calvin Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Top Game Management announced the fights and later confirmed them with MMAjunkie (via Twitter):

UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

Almeida, who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, has earned four “Performance of the Night” bonuses and one “Fight of the Night” award in seven UFC fights. However, after opening his career with a 21-0 mark, the 26-year-old Brazilian and former Legacy FC champion is just 1-2 since then with losses to contender Jimmie Rivera and now-ex-champ Cody Garbrandt.

He meets another crowd-pleasing 135-pounder in Font, a former CES MMA featherweight titleholder who’s 4-2 since making his UFC debut with two “Performance of the Night” bonuses. In his most recent outing, his two-fight winning streak came to a halt with a submission defeat to Pedro Munhoz.

Burgos, meanwhile, is a 26-year-old CFFC vet who made his promotional debut in April and scored a TKO victory over Charles Rosa while picking up “Fight of the Night” honors. He then picked up UFC win No. 2 over Godofredo Pepey via decision to push his career winning streak to 10.

He now meets Kattar, a surging 145-pounder and former CES MMA fighter who recently made his UFC debut and upset Andre Fili via unanimous decision. His winning streak, which included pre-UFC wins over the likes of Cody Stevens, Saul Almeida and Kenny Foster, now sits at nine fights.

The latest UFC 220 card now includes:

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Holding choke too long? UFC-Sao Paulo's Pedro Munhoz says he was instead just surprised

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SAO PAULO – While it might have seemed like Pedro Munhoz held a choke too long, the UFC Fight Night 119 winner says looks can be deceiving.

In an FS1-televised main-card bout, Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) tapped out Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a first-round guillotine.

As Munhoz dragged the fight to the mat and took top position with the choke, Font frantically tapped out before his opponent finally broke the hold. Munhoz, who earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus with the victory, said it wasn’t intentional – and he quickly apologized afterward.

“Actually, right there, I didn’t imagine that it was locked in from the beginning, and when he rolled and I was on top of him with the guillotine, it wasn’t adjusted to the way I usually have it,” Munhoz said through an interpreter. “And when he tapped, I thought he was trying to get out because it was very fast, and I usually adjust it a little bit more.

“It wasn’t bad intention to hold the guillotine, and right after the fight, I apologized to my opponent. We’re all professionals here, and our intention is never to hurt anyone. And in reality, it was unexpected he tapped so fast.”

Munhoz, an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is likely to get a bump up when the top-15 list is updated this week. Munhoz, who’s ranked No. 12 in the official UFC rankings (where Font is No. 13), took a little time to get adjusted to his opponent, but he said was “not behind” in the fight before a left hook dazed Font and ultimately set up the ending.

Munhoz made his UFC debut in 2014 on a week’s notice and suffered a decision loss to perennial contender Raphael Assuncao. His only other defeat during that span came to No. 5-ranked Jimmie Rivera via split decision. Now, with a four-fight winning streak that includes three bonus-winning submissions, the 31-year-old Brazilian is ready for more quality competition.

“Tonight I was victorious, he said. “And now I’m going think of which athlete (is next), and I’ll be available for any fight the UFC is interested in.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 video highlights: Pedro Munhoz vs. Rob Font

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Pedro Munhoz is making a pretty nice habit of tapping people out and getting extra paychecks.

For the third time in four fights, Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) submitted an opponent with a guillotine choke and picked up an extra $50,000 for “Performance of the Night.” This time, his victim was Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

Check out the video highlights above.

The bantamweight bout was part of the main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119's Pedro Munhoz tries for third bonus – and wants a Top 10 opponent next

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SAO PAULO – UFC bantamweight Pedro Munhoz is gunning for a top-10 opponent – and his third performance bonus – against Rob Font.

“For the last couple of months, I’ve just been thinking about this fight,” Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of their FS1-televised meeting at UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “After this fight, I will take the next step – but definitely fighting the best in the division, but sometime soon for a contender or a title fight.”

The 31-year-old Sao Paulo native is known for exciting octagon fights, winning bonuses in two his past three fights. A meeting with tough veteran Damian Stasiak denied him extra pay at UFC Fight Night 109.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) earned an extra $50,000 when he submitted Douglas Silva de Andrade at UFC 213. He indicated he’d like to test his jiu-jitsu against Munhoz, who countered that would be a bad idea.

“We’ll be brawling, and if we go to the floor, I’ll be testing his jiu-jitsu, for sure,” he said.

On paper, the pair are virtually even in their professional records. Munhoz, though, said he’ll do his part to make sure the fight is exciting.

“We all know that I came from jiu-jitsu, but every time, I show more improvement in my striking skills,” he said. “I’m going to be open for this one. I’m always looking for knockouts and submissions.”

To hear more from Munhoz, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rob Font unfazed by Pedro Munhoz's ground game – and might earn his own black belt

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SAO PAULO – Rob Font is well aware of his UFC Fight Night 119 opponent’s credentials as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to shy away from Pedro Munhoz’s (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) ground game when they meet in a UFC Fight Night 119 main-card bantamweight encounter in Sao Paulo. In fact, Font (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) said it will be his chance to surprise a lot of people with his own grappling chops.

Hey, he might even get an upgrade of his purple belt out of it.

“I really believe in attacking and defending,” Font told MMAjunkie ahead of the FS1-televised bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. “I’m not going to sit down there and just defend the whole time. I’m going to attack. I’m going to attack. And if he pulls out, I’ll stand back up.

“But, like I said: Any opportunity, I’m jumping on something. I have nothing to lose. I’m in Brazil, so what’s the worse that’s going to happen? (If) I submit a Brazilian black belt in Brazil, I should get my black belt that night.”

Of course, it’s not like Font is completely lost on the ground. While Munhoz does hold seven submission wins (five of them, including two in the UFC, with his now-famous guillotine choke), Font has been known to tap an opponent or two. Or, more precisely, four.

In fact, Font is coming off a guillotine choke win of his own. The display over Douglas Silva de Andrade at July’s UFC 213 event earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus. Add that to the list of similarities he has with Munhoz, who just recently made an added $100,000 for back-to-back wins that earned the same honors.

Font won’t lie: Once you get a taste of the added cash, you want more. And Saturday’s as good a day to collect it as any. But he’s hoping there’s only one of them walking away with it.

“Hopefully it’s not a ‘Fight of the Night’ so I’m not getting banged up too much,” Font said. “Obviously, we’re looking for that submission or just the knockout. But I really want to get that second-round knockout – feel him out the first round, see what he has and look for the finish in the second round.”

To hear more from Font, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rob Font's plans for his return to Brazil? Have fun, be himself, hopefully score a post-fight bonus

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Rob Font is fighting Pedro Munhoz for the first time on Saturday. But, whether Munhoz knows it or not, the two go back a bit.

More than three years ago, Font had just won the featherweight belt for CES MMA, while Munhoz was RFA’s bantamweight champion. Font says he was at a Buffalo Wild Wings, drinking beer and eating wings while watching fights, when RFA’s promoter approached him about a meeting with Munhoz for their 135-pound title.

At the time, Font says his response was that there was no way he could make the bantamweight limit. Yet, here they are.

“It’s funny, because he actually kind of got the ball rolling for me going down to 135 and fighting,” Font told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of UFC Fight Night 119. “I’m not too familiar (with) his older fights, as far as past then, because I didn’t really think too much of it. But obviously he’s always been on my radar coming into the UFC. I knew eventually we’d end up getting this fight.”

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) are set to clash on an FS1-televised bantamweight main card encounter at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The preliminary card airs on FS2, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

As someone who’s followed his foe’s career, Font recognizes Munhoz as a dangerous fighter who’s been in “wars” against high-level competition. Indeed, the Brazilian fighter’s sole career losses came to contenders Raphael Assuncao, stemming from Munhoz’s short-notice UFC debut, and Jimmie Rivera – which came via split decision.

Font is also aware of Munhoz’s “nasty” guillotine choke – the one that finished two of his past three victorious fights, earning “Performance of the Night” honors in the process. And as someone who also sees his opponent as a “veteran” who holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he seems to have planned accordingly.

“Obviously, we want to keep it standing and do our thing there,” Font said.

But that doesn’t mean Font is intimidated by the thought of going to the ground with Munhoz. Coming off a submission win of his own – a guillotine choke at UFC 213 – Font “is hopeful” that Munhoz could end up meeting a similar fate than Douglas Silva de Andrade (as well as four opponents before him) did.

And, as far as being able to spot an opportunistic submission goes, rolling with grappling wizard and UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon at least three times a week doesn’t hurt.

“If it hits the ground and I’m on top, I’m going to feel it out and see where it goes,” Font said. “(…) Definitely, we don’t want to sit there and play around with Pedro the whole time on the ground. It’s not going to be one of those fights like, ‘All right, I’ll just keep you here.’ But if I see something, I’m going to jump on it, just like Joe would.”

After getting two “Performance of the Night” bonuses, Font admits to having caught quite the taste for it. As for the best route to getting it when you’re dealing with someone who’s never been finished?

Well, Font is not shy about thinking big.

“I might even pull out something out of my ass, throw a flying triangle or something on Pedro Munhoz, a black belt, in Brazil,” Font said. “That would be huge. They would have to give (the bonus) to me.”

Font is hoping Saturday’s bout can erase the less-than-stellar memories he has of Brazil. The bantamweight’s sole outing in the country took place in May 2014, when John Lineker, who’s also fighting on Saturday, beat him via unanimous decision. It was Font’s second career loss – and also his most recent one.

Logistically, Font hasn’t really changed much to make sure the outcome is different this time around; he’s simply coming in earlier. Mentally, though, there seems to have been quite the shift.

“Last fight, I didn’t have fun,” Font said. “The whole fight week, I wasn’t having fun. I don’t know if it sounds weird, I almost took it too seriously. I made it bigger than what it was. It was like, ‘OK, I’m in Brazil, fighting John Lineker, I could get ranked after this fight.’

“I took it too serious and wasn’t really myself and having fun. I let the moment get to me. So, obviously (I’m going to) go out there, be myself, not try to pretend to be anything else other than who I am.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris and Mohammed Usman.

Font fights Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, Julaton meets Lisa Blaine on Friday at Bellator 185, Norris takes on Alonzo Martinez on Friday at LFA 25, and Mohammed Usman – younger brother of UFC fighter Kamaru Usman – returns Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Pedro Munhoz vs. Rob Font added to UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

The UFC today announced a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font is set for UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The addition of Munhoz-Font comes on the same day Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov was moved from the card to UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) will enter the bout riding the momentum of a three-fight winning streak. In two of those wins, Munhoz was awarded “Performance of the Night” bonuses for submissions. His most recent victory came via unanimous decision over Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 109 in May.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has won back to back fights. Most recently he defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade with a guillotine-choke submission at UFC 213 in July to earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kelvin Gastelum and UFC on FOX 25's other losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What next for UFC on FOX 25’s winning fighters?)

Saturday’s four-fight UFC on FOX 25 main card was poised for competitive matchups, and that for the most part that’s how it played out until Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) produced a statement stoppage of Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the FOX-televised middleweight headliner at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Earlier on the card, Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) suffered his fourth setback in his past six fights, Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) was edged on the scorecard, and Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) experienced just his second loss as a pro.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losers will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC on FOX 25’s losing fighters.

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Thomas Almeida

Rob Font

Should fight: Rob Font
Why they should fight: Almeida suffered just the second loss of his 23-fight career when he succumbed to the incredible winning streak of Jimmie Rivera in a crucial bantamweight contest.

The Brazilian is still one of the brightest prospects at 135 pounds, but unfortunately Rivera is looking nearly unstoppable at this point and he fell victim to that momentum by unanimous decision. Whether he wins or loses, Almeida is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and delivers every time he steps in the octagon.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) doesn’t have the same following, but he’s proven to be someone who brings it every time, as well. He’s well rounded and dynamic, and a matchup with Almeida would be absolute fireworks.

Gian Villante

Ion Cutelaba

Should fight: Ion Cutelaba
Why they should fight: Villante suffered his third loss in his past four fights when he dropped a split decision to Patrick Cummins in an important bout for his position in the light-heavyweight division.

Villante has had some solid moments throughout his UFC tenure. Unfortunately, his track record has shown that he falls short when the lights shine brightest, and it comes to a point when a fighter only receives a certain amount of chances.

Villante has had difficulty evolving past a brawling style of fighter. His style has only failed him against proven oppositions, though, and Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is not yet that. “The Hulk” is an interesting prospect at 23 years old, and if he could beat Villante, it would be a real reason to start paying attention.

Dennis Bermudez

Mirsad Bektic

Should fight: Mirsad Bektic
Why they should fight: Bermudez experienced disappointment in front of a supportive crowd when he dropped a second consecutive fight, this time courtesy of Darren Elkins.

“The Menace” has had his ups and downs inside the octagon, and after the split-decision result, he’s currently enduring another rough patch. He’s always found a way to rally back, though, and in a loaded featherweight division, there’s plenty of opportunity to do that.

Bektic (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is also coming off a loss to Elkins, albeit in a much more stunning fashion at UFC 209 in March. Bektic is still considered one of the brightest prospects at 145 pounds, and a fight with “The Ultimate Fighter 14” finalist Bermudez would represent a chance for him to recover some of what was lost in his first career setback against Elkins.

Kelvin Gastelum

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gastelum should drop back to welterweight and fight Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2484 with Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler and Jason House.

Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade on Saturday at UFC 213. Birchak, our in-studio guest host, fights Takfumi Otsuka at Rizin FF 6 on July 30. MMA manager Butler talked about his roster of clients, including UFC champ Max Holloway, Douglas Lima and Felice Herrig. MMA manager House had two UFC bantamweights, Cody Stamann and Terrion Ware, debut against each other at UFC 213.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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