Pedro Munhoz Fined By NAC For Celebration Post-UFC 235 Bout
Pedro Munhoz had the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 235. However, it seems the positive side of the bout has been tainted by the NAC.
The Nevada Athletic Commission handed down a fine to Pedro Munhoz for the way he celebrated his win. Following his victory, Munhoz jumped on the cage to celebrate. This is a move done by many before. However this time, it was met with punishment.
Technically, it is in the rules and discussed before the bout that a fighter may not jump the cage. Although this is a rule that is not often upheld. This changed when Munhoz was forced to pay $2,500 plus for the incident.
As first reported by MMAFighting, Munhoz will be forced to pay a total of about $2,857 when all is said and done. According to the report, an attorney general representative for NAC director Bob Bennett gave a statement. In this statement, the pre-fight warning was cited, saying that this was to protect fighter’s safety.
It was suggested that the fine was not severe enough. Although it was denied by the commission, it seems likely that the reason for the strictness being upheld is due to the UFC 229 brawl. Ultimately, it was decided that there was no malicious intent, so the fine would suffice.
Pedro Munhoz is in prime position for a UFC Bantamweight Title shot. Currently, the vacant belt is up for grabs between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes. It would appear that Munhoz will face Aljamain Sterling to decide the next contender for the belt.