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UFC bantamweight Pedro Munhoz remains temporarily suspended for jumping over the octagon fence at UFC 235.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to extend a temporary suspension for Munhoz’s (18-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) post-fight celebration, which followed a first-round knockout win over ex-champ Cody Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
Munhoz will remain suspended until he goes before the NSAC for a hearing on his disciplinary complaint. He is accused of ignoring the commission’s instructions to stay in the octagon after his fight and to stay off the octagon fence.
NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett told MMAFighting.com the policy is in place to prevent fighters from injuring themselves or others, and it has nothing to do with an infamous brawl involving UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The commission’s rules explicitly forbid leaving the combat area after a fight.
The main card bout between Munhoz and Garbrandt earned “Fight of the Night” honors with both earning an additional $ 50,000 bonus for the back-and-forth brawl. After stunning each other with punches, Garbrandt charged forward to trade heavy shots and wound up taking one that sent him face first to the canvas.
Munhoz, who’s won his past three, has called for a shot at the vacant bantamweight title.
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