HALIFAX – Pedro Munhoz sent a quick message to the UFC’s bantamweight division on Saturday night.
Munhoz (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) took out Jerrod Sanders (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a guillotine choke just 39 seconds into the first round.
The bantamweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 54 event at Halifax Metro Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FOX Sports 2 and a main card on FOX Sports 1.
The two fighters traded kicks early, and then Sanders shot in on Munhoz hoping to take the fight to the ground. But Munhoz expertly sprawled out of it, then quickly swung himself around to latch on to a guillotine choke.
Seconds later, Sanders stood up with Munhoz still latched on to his neck, and he slammed him down to the canvas with authority. But Munhoz didn’t release the choke from Sanders’ neck, and with the grip even tighter, Sanders had no choice but to tap out 39 seconds into the fight.
Munhoz didn’t have to break a sweat.
“Jiu-jitsu is the first martial art I studied in my life,” Munhoz said. “I was born and raised in Brazil, and we don’t have a lot of things to do there but play soccer and train jiu-jitsu.”
Munhoz won for the second straight time after a first-round TKO of Matt Hobar in May. He now has seven of his 12 wins by submission. After a loss to Yosdenis Cedeno in July in his UFC debut, Sanders now has dropped back-to-back fights.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 54 results include:
- Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:39