UFC bantamweight title contender Pedro Munhoz gave Cody Garbrandt his third straight knockout loss, but his post-fight celebration inside the Octagon has put him in trouble with the Nevada Athletic Commission.
The Brazilian mixed martial artist faced former champion Cody Grabrandt earlier this month in the first fight of the UFC 235 main card at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After some moments of brilliant exchange, Munhoz drilled the nail in the coffin as he sent his opponent to the shadow realm with a brutal punch.
Thrilled with the vicious knockout, Munhoz quickly went on top of the cage to celebrate his seventh win in the last eight outings.
According to multiple reports, “The Young Punisher” is set to face disciplinary actions from NAC for his post-fight cage antics, with a meeting next Wednesday set to determine whether he will be fined or suspended.
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Based on the NAC rule, “An unarmed combatant shall not leave the ring or, if the contest or exhibition is being held in a fenced area, the fenced area, during any period of rest that follows a period of unarmed combat.”
This rule aims to prevent fighters from sustaining injuries in other areas of the cage.
According to MMA Fighting, Munhoz will face sanctions in Nevada for celebrating on top of the cage, following his impressive finish of Cody Grabrandt at UFC 235.
NAC has already served the Brazilian temporary suspension while a meeting next Wednesday will determine if he will get an extended suspension and pay a fine for violating the NAC rule.
“Our inspectors were specifically advised by me to make sure the fighters knew they were not authorized to jump out of the cage,” Bennett told MMA Fighting.
Lightweight fighter Justin Gaethje was also in hot water two years ago for doing a backflip in the Octagon after he outclassed Michael Johnson in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 25.
Prior to his stellar performance against Grabrandt at UFC 235, Munhoz has won two straight against Bryan Caraway and Brett Johns respectively since losing to John Dodson at UFC 222.
He is 8-3 overall in the UFC, which followed an impressive 10-0 start to his professional career, and is currently ranked fourth in the official bantamweight rankings.
With TJ Dillashaw vacating his 135-pound belt due to a failed USADA test, “The Young Punisher” has urged Dana White to book him and top contender Marlon Moraes to a fight for the vacant title.
“@danawhite, I know the TJ situation disappointed a lot of UFC fans. Make it up to them and book me and @MMARLONMORAES and we’ll deliver a classic. It won’t go 5 rounds. Guaranteed,” the 32-year old fighter wrote on Twitter.
— Pedro Munhoz (@PedroMunhozmma) March 21, 2019
The first-ranked bantamweight, Moraes, who has won his last four fights, is one of the shoo-ins to participate in a title bout for the vacant 135-pound championship.
Munhoz, meanwhile, is not only one vying for a crack at a UFC gold as flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and third-ranked Aljamain Sterling has also expressed their interest on the title bout.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Pedro Munhoz)