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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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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Tony Ferguson, Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Tony Ferguson, Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House.

Ferguson is looking to fight for the UFC lightweight title vs. Conor McGregor – or perhaps for an interim title against another top contender. Font is coming off a win at UFC 213 this past Saturday vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade. Birchak competes on July 30 vs. Takafumi Otsuka for Rizin FF. Iridium Sports Agency’s Jason House just had to sit through a fight where both of his clients debuted in the UFC … against each other. SuckerPunch Entertainment’s Butler will update us on his roster of clients, which includes world champions Max Holloway and Douglas Lima.

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:

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Rob Font just glad UFC 213 win was against the opponent he trained for

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LAS VEGAS – When Amanda Nunes pulled out of the UFC 213 main event the afternoon of the card on Saturday, it was a huge opportunity for Rob Font.

Font went from a bantamweight fight against Douglas Silva de Andrade on the prelims on UFC Fight Pass straight to the opening fight on the pay-per-view main card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, leapfrogging the FS1 portion of the show entirely.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) made the most of his opportunity and submitted Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) with a second-round guillotine choke. The finish was worth an extra $50,000 as one of the “Performance of the Night” awards.

But maybe even more importantly for Font was the simple fact he went through a training camp and only had to think about one opponent.

“Every fight I’ve had since I got to the UFC, I’ve never fought my original opponent,” Font said after his win over Andrade on Saturday. “So for me to go through the whole camp and actually fight the guy I was supposed to fight, it’s been huge.”

Andrade had but one loss on his record heading into the fight with Font, and that was a decision setback in his UFC debut in February 2014. That fight came on short notice and with a quick turnaround time.

He then got booked to fight Font, of all people, three years ago, but had to pull out with an injury. At long last, the cards lined up for them to meet at UFC 213, and Font made sure Andrade was worth the wait.

“This was a huge fight for me,” Font told MMAjunkie. “He hasn’t lost in forever. The guy’s 24-1. He had a lot of experience. He’s been there, done that, so this was a big fight for me.”

Now that he has back-to-back wins, Font is starting to look higher up the bantamweight charts for his next opponent.

“I think Pedro Munhoz would be a great fight for me,” he said. “Anybody in the top 10, for sure. But I think Pedro would be a great name for me.”

Check out the video above for more from Font after his win over Andrade.

And for complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213: New interim champ Robert Whittaker now has 6 bonuses in 8-fight streak

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LAS VEGAS – Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, Chad Laprise and Rob Font each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 213 event.

Laprise and Font earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Whittaker and Romero took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) lost the first two rounds against Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) on the judges’ scorecards, but he rallied when it mattered. The Australia-based New Zealander won Rounds 3, 4 and 5 to take a unanimous decision with a trio of 48-47 scores in the main event. The win for Whittaker came in spite of a knee injury in the first round, but it gave him the interim middleweight title.

Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had to rally a little bit, but after landing to the body against Brian Camozzi (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), the Canadian took advantage and got a big TKO finish in the third round.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) was on his game in his bantamweight fight against Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Their fight moved to the pay-per-view opener in the wake of the loss of the original headliner, and Font made sure he looked good for a big audience with a second-round guillotine choke finish of the Brazilian.

UFC 213 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Rob Font impresses all around before submitting Douglas Silva de Andrade

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If nothing else, Rob Font showed just how well round of a fighter he can be at UFC 213.

Font had his way with Douglas Silva de Andrade standing up, but it was a slick guillotine choke in the second round that earned him a big win.

The bantamweight opened up the main card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) took the fight to the mat after about a minute into the first round. He didn’t do much with top position, though, and the fight was back to standing moments later. Font went for a standing guillotine, which was tight momentarily, but Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) escaped and threw a leg kick as they separated. Both men settled in and sized each other up until Font threw a beautiful combination that ended with a knee to the face. The only problem was that he poked Silva de Andrade’s eye on the way out, forcing a temporary stoppage. Silva de Andrade landed a nice kick to the body and followed it up with a left hand moments later, his best strikes of the round. The round ended with font landing a second knee to the face and transitioning into a guillotine choke that he was forced to release when the bell rang.

In the second round, Font opened up comfortably in range of Silva de Andrade and continued to find success landing punches. Silva de Andrade appeared uncomfortable as he ate a straight left to the mouth. Silva de Andrade finally landed a hard right hand, though it seemed to wake up Font even more as he upped his combinations. A hard overhand right dropped Silva de Andrade, and Font followed up with an onslaught. Silva de Andrade’s answer was to pull guard, which stalled the action momentarily, though Font managed to find room to lock in a guillotine. Silva de Andrade tried to stand his way out of it and slammed Font to the ground, but Font positioned himself perfectly and was relentless with the hold until earning the tapout at the 4:36 mark.

“Great opportunity to show I’m well round,” Font said after his win. “I’m here to stay, and I’m here to compete.”

The result gives Font back-to-back victories. Silva de Andrade has his two-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Bantamweights move from early prelims to UFC 213 pay-per-view main card

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With its planned headliner now scrapped, two bantamweights from the early preliminary card got a big promotion at today’s UFC 213 event.

Earlier today, Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was hospitalized, and her bout with challenger Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was officially scrapped. As a result, a planned co-headliner between Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who fight for the interim middleweight belt, has been elevated to the main event.

UFC 213 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

With the open PPV slot, a bantamweight fight between Rob Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), which was originally slated for the early prelims, will now kick off the main card.

The new UFC 213 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213's Rob Font says 24-1 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade 'has a boxing record'

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MMA records can often be deceiving on paper, be it in a positive or negative way. Rob Font thinks he’s dealing with the latter when it comes to UFC 213 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade.

De Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who meets Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout on Saturday’s UFC 213 early UFC Fight Pass prelims at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas prior to the televised prelims on FS1 and pay-per-view main card, brings an outstanding record of 24 victories in 25 fights into the event.

Douglas Silva de Andrade

Although de Andrade has already somewhat tested his chops on the UFC stage, winning two of three fights in the octagon, Font views himself as the first real test. He admittedly hasn’t done much research on the Brazilian, but given the fact many of de Andrade’s wins came against underqualified competition, Font said he likes his chances.

“He has a boxing record,” Font told MMAjunkie Radio. “You don’t see records like that too often in MMA. … I’ve only watched his UFC fights. I don’t like to go back to the old ones. I really just watched his debut and the last one. I try not to watch too much video.”

When it comes to strategy, many fighters like to keep their cards close and not give away any hints. Font’s approach to fighting is no secret, though. Of his nine stoppage wins, Font has won six by knockout and wants his right hand to make de Andrade his seventh victim.

“I’m trying to get rid of him in the first round,” Font said. “I want to get my hands on him. I’m thinking a straight right down the middle. Get off the to the side, hit him with the straight right and then see what happens from there. I’ll take anything I can get, but I want that right hand to the chin in the first round.”

After missing 18 months of competition from July 2014 to January 2016 due to injury, Font made up for lost time in 2016 by competing three times. UFC 213 marks his first fight of the year, though, and the Boston area resident wants to make sure he produces a strong performance.

Font said he has the usual aspirations of a fighter in his position, which include breaking into the divisional rankings and climbing toward a title. He sometimes allows himself to think about the path he must take to get there, but Font said for the most part he keeps dialed in on the next step, and currently that’s beating de Andrade.

“I see the 135ers and I think, ‘Oh, it would be awesome if I did this or fought him,’” Font said. “I could do that, but slowly I have to stop. There’s a fight in front of me. Let’s win this fight and we’ll go from there.”

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2480 with Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware, Cody Stamann

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes, Rob Font, Terrion Ware and Cody Stamann.

All five guests fight Saturday at UFC 213. Pettis and Blaydes are featured on the pay-per-view main card vs. Jim Miller and Daniel Omielanczuk, respectively. Ware and Stamann compete against each other, while Font takes on Douglas Silva de Andrade, with both fights featured on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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