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We have a showdown in the Bantamweight division, as Tony Gravely takes on Johnny “Kid Kvenbo” Munoz Junior. A winner of three of his last four, Gravely comes into his sixth UFC appearance with momentum. Known for his wrestling, Gravely has landed an astonishing twenty-eight takedowns in five fights. Eleven of which came in his most recent victory over Saimon Oliveira. Meanwhile, Munoz returns the octagon for the first time in 2022. Rebounding from an unsuccessful UFC debut, which happened to be his first professional defeat, Munoz showcased his excellent grappling abilities in a submission victory over Jamey Simmons.

As for a prediction, I have Munoz winning. An excellent fight to open the card, I expect this to be a grind. Gravely, being a wrestler, has shown that he will not be denied in getting the fight to the ground. Landing twenty-eight takedowns at a 55% clip, Gravely already ranks among the top ten all-time in both categories. Remarkable, given Gravely has only fought five times inside the octagon. However, the reason I’m not siding with Gravely, is simply his submission defense. Of his seven professional defeats, five have come via submission. Munoz being an excellent grappler with slick submissions, is definitely someone who Gravely will have to be wary about. A spam takedown artist, perhaps Munoz can even penetrate Gravely’s 50% takedown defense. Regardless, in what I expect to be a hectic grappling affair, I liken Munoz’s grappling and submission prowess over Gravely’s wrestling and porous submission defense. So with that said, I predict that Munoz will win via submission.

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